Monday, 21 September 2015 07:17

Plan for safer school year

Chief of the Limassol Police, Mr. Michaelides Chief of the Limassol Police, Mr. Michaelides

With the school year having started on September 11 for gymnasiums and younger pupils returning to school on September 14, efforts are being made by Limassol police and district schools to make the school year a safe one.

In a meeting late last month, nineteen police officers of the town’s police stations and 23 school directors met to discuss measures to make the start of the school year go as smoothly and safely as possible.

The meeting was the second of its kind as the school directors had also attended a meeting at the Limassol police department last year and seen positive outcomes of their encounter.

“There is a lot of work to be done,” said Limassol Police Chief Kypros Michaelides in a talk with the Cyprus Weekly “but in collaboration with all the involved the situation can be improved.” He explained that the meeting was part of their efforts to be close to the population and get the community involved.

Some of the issues discussed included: traffic problems and the use of illegal motorcycles on the first day of school and raucous parties the night before. The problems faced throughout the year at schools are manifold with some of the main ones being general antisocial behaviour, vandalism, and drug use and hooliganism at school stadiums.

Some of the measures discussed and being put into place are: an evaluation of the effectiveness of the bus system, traffic wardens to assist during drop-off and pick-up times, patrols outside schools, cameras and alarm systems at schools and regular lectures and presentations at schools to communicate with the students and teachers.

These lectures were started at technical schools last year and will be extended to all schools this year. Questionnaires that were handed out before and after these meetings the previous year, showed a better attitude in students.

The involvement of members of local neighbourhood watches has also had a positive impact and was praised by the teachers and members of police alike.

“We do not have the manpower to provide all schools with constant police surveillance, but with the efforts, involvement and collaboration of all concerned parties, we can improve things, I am optimistic,”concluded the Chief of Police Mr. Michaelides.

Article as published in The Cyprus Weekly of September 11, 2015 

Mary Anglberger

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