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News 17 Mar 14

Belgrade Schools to Have Security ‘Officers’ in Four Years

All schools are to have officers charged with overseeing pupil safety following a successful pilot scheme in Rakovica municipality.

Beoinfo
Belgrade

Goran Vesic, member of Belgrade provisional council, on March 3 announced that all schools in Belgrade will have at least one officer in charge of safety within the next four years.

The “school officers” will undergo special training and work in communication with the local police.

“Their job will be to maintain safety in school buildings, school yards and around schools,” Vesic explained.

According to him, the city also estimates that about 250 pedestrian crossings near schools in Belgrade are unsafe.

Since January, ten have been fitted with speed bumps and traffic lights, while another 100 will be protected by the end of 2014. Over the next four years, the city plans to upgrade all 250 pedestrian crossings. “The main goal of the project is to keep children safe,” said Vesic.

Milosav Milickovic, president of Rakovica municipality, who suggested the project to the city, said his municipality was already paying for officers in all its nine schools for the second year running.

“The effect is extraordinary. The number of fights and incidents is reduced while the safety of children rose per 90 per cent. Because of these results, we proposed the project to the city,” Milickovic said.

At the moment, some schools in the city have security officers paid for by the school or the municipality but some schools have no security at all. “We want to bring order to the field of school security,” Vasic said.

There are about 210 elementary and 110 high schools in Belgrade.

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