They said...we say

1st June 2007 at 01:00
They say...'We want to bring police into this, so from an early age children know it's completely unacceptable'. The Chancellor, Gordon Brown, on bullying

We say... Gordon Brown's grand plans to put police on patrol in school corridors were undermined, just slightly, by the fact that they are already there.

The Safer Schools scheme has seen 400 officers attached to primary and secondary schools over the past four years.

Mr Brown suggests drafting in extra officers from local police stations when bullying flares up. But recent evidence suggests that having more police in schools may create more problems than it solves.

The ubiquity of the Safer Schools officer has led to more arrests for playground scraps and petty theft, lawyers say.

A growing police presence could mean criminal records for more children - hardly the thing to ease them into adulthood as good citizens.

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