Two knife arches and metal detectors have been installed at Fulwood Academy in a drive to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of carrying weapons.Advertisement
Lancashire Police have secured Government funding to tackle the problem of increased knife crime across the county.
In addition to the security measures, pupils bags have been searched on their way into school and officers have been visiting schools to talk to pupils about the dangers of carrying weapons.
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Philip Grant, Principal at Fulwood Academy said: “We are working closely with the Police on this initiative to ensure all students and staff come to school in a safe place to learn and work.
“Given the incidents across the region we see this as a positive step. This is a national problem and we are happy to support this on a termly basis.”
Paul McLernon Violence Reduction Sergeant at Lancashire Police said: “The new metal detectors and the knife arches are part of our commitment to ensuring members of the community feel safe.
“It’s extremely positive to see educational establishments supporting this and working with us and we would like to see more adopt this policy.”
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Supt Karen Edwards added: “This is a great initiative demonstrating schools, police and parents working together to educate and protect our children.
“I want to continue to build relationships with other educational establishments to ensure a long term approach to tackling knife crime issues. It’s good to see Fulwood Academy taking a proactive approach and I’m grateful for their support.”
The knife arches will be used throughout the county over the next year.
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