Sexual offences, possession of weapons and drug offences were among nearly 600 serious crimes recorded by Humberside Police in our schools last year.
Children living in Humberside Police’s force area, which includes Hull and East Yorkshire’s primary and secondary schools, fell victim to a wide range of serious offences – with many at a level not seen in any of the last five years.
More than 60 sexual offences and more than a dozen cases involving drugs were reported to the Humberside force in our schools during 2017/2018, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
Humberside Police say reports of various types of crime in schools have risen nationally, and schools across Humberside are no exception to the trend. They also say that there is an assigned community police officer to each school and that community police teams regularly visit schools discuss issues including knife crime.
Instances of violent crime were at their highest level in half a decade with 507 offences recorded in the latest set of figures, compared to 240 in 2013/14. Sexual offences were at their highest level in five years too – up from 37 cases to a new high of 61.
In total, 594 crimes were recorded in the area’s schools, which also included 13 drug offences and 13 possession of weapon crimes – each of these categories actually dropped in crime frequency compared to 2016/17.
In a statement, community safety manager at Humberside Police, Adil Khan, said: “We work with other partners in the Safer School Partnership and the schools in our area are very good in getting in touch with us if there are ever any issues that they think we should be aware of. We are committed to working in the Safer Schools Partnership to create a positive learning environment which will lead to model citizens of the future.
“We have lots of ways that we work with young people in our area including schemes such as Night Challenge, Rock Challenge and Lifestyle encouraging teamwork, which in turn builds confidence and self-esteem of those involved. Our projects enable young people discover new talents and build essential life skills, helping them in future life and careers.
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“We are committed to tackling youth crime and antisocial behaviour in a positive way. We want to work with young people and their families if they are having difficulties, but we also want to highlight and promote the great things that young people do in our area.”
Five years ago, 288 serious school crimes were reported to Humberside Police, meaning an over 100 per cent increase in that time.
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