History of Police serving school communities

New Zealand Police has been formally involved with schools since the 1930s. How this involvement has grown and developed over time is outlined below.

1930s

School traffic. The first structured connection with schools was based on assisting students to get to and from school safely. 

1956

Draft Syllabus for School Talks was produced as a guide for Police officers conducting class talks in schools.

1975

The first Police Curriculum Development Officer was employed.

1977

Police officers who provide school talks begin getting trained.

1980

The Law Related Education Programme (LREP) was created. Police began writing education programmes for schools such as Play a Part in Crime Prevention and Keeping Ourselves Safe.

1992

School road safety education was added to LREP as a result of a merger between Police and the Ministry of Transport.

1995

The Youth Education Service (YES) was created and produced a wide range of programmes on crime preventions and road safety.

2012

A review of YES programmes recommended a whole-school approach.

Read the Youth Education Service Programme Review

2013

YES ceased.

Police instituted a new operating model that added school-wide intervention with a few schools and ensuring all schools have a relationship with the Police based on information sharing.

2014

Police initiated a Police–school engagement model to focus on:

  • crime prevention
  • prevention of road trauma
  • regular liaison with lead school contact and school leaders to agree on response protocols and procedures and prevention activities.