MORE cops are joining youngsters in classrooms to clean up Huddersfield.
They will spend the next six months working in six schools to cut anti-social behaviour - and it could spread to every school in the area.
Kirklees councillors decided to help fund the Safer Schools Programme this week after hearing of the success of a pilot scheme.
It means officers like Pc Neil Moorhouse - who is attached to Fartown High School - can get to know local youngsters..
Clr Khizar Iqbal, Cabinet member for safer stronger communities, welcomed the £60,000 move.
He said: “We hope this will nip problems in the bud. It could make a huge difference in improving behaviour in schools.”
Full-time officers have been placed in Almondbury High, Fartown High, Newsome High, Moor End Technology College in Crosland Moor, Birkdale High in Dewsbury and Batley Business and Enterprise College.
All the schools are in areas where crime is above the Kirklees average.
Chief Supt Barry South welcomed the work that has already been done and the decision to expand the scheme.
“In the schools where we have already had officers working, we have reaped the benefits. The officers get to know the youngsters and they in turn develop a relationship with that officer.
“The intention would be to have a scheme running in every school in Kirklees. It is part of a national project that has worked very well”.
Clr Iqbal said: “The officers are working with children, particularly those with behaviour problems. If appropriate they make referrals to social services.”
And he added the programme may involve younger children in the future. Clr Iqbal said: “If this is successful then we could extend it to junior schools.”
Kirklees Council’s Cabinet Committee Decision Making Panel approved £60,000 for the programme.
The schools will contribute £60,000 between them with West Yorkshire Police giving £120,000.
The funding will run until the end of next March.
A pilot scheme with officers working in schools has already proved worthwhile, with officers working alongside students in Almondbury High, Moor End Technology College and Batley Business and Enterprise College.
Birkdale High appointed an officer in June while Fartown High and Newsome High have now joined the scheme.