All police stations in the country may soon have a dedicated police officer to deal with security of the schools in its jurisdiction, sources told HT.
“Continuing with its efforts to provide better security to schools all across the country in the wake of Peshawar attack, the centre will again write to all states to identify a police officer at the police station level to coordinate with schools on regular basis,” said a Union home ministry official requesting anonymity.
According to the details available with HT, the police officer will regularly visit all schools in his jurisdiction to interact with school authorities and parents as well. “The officer will conduct security audit of schools and he or she will be kind point-person at the level of police station for school managements to deal with security or even traffic issues. The idea is to institutionalise the mechanism to provide better security to schools,” said the official.
He further added that a coordinating police officer may help schools to prepare for only terror attacks but other crimes like kidnapping and eve-teasing as well.
After the terror attack on a school in Pakistan’s Peshawar, in which more than 130 school children were shot dead, Union home ministry has issues an advisory earlier as well.
In the earlier advisory, states were asked to ensure that each school should have concrete boundary wall, with three to four gates and each gate should be manned by at least three guards on a 24-hour basis. The guidelines further added that details of telephone number of the Police Control Room and local police station should be maintained and updated regularly by the school authorities.