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School Based Police Officer

School Based Police Officer - Ross Petersen

The School Based Policing Program is a joint initiative of the Queensland Police Service and the Department of Education and Training which was launched state-wide in 1997.

The School Based Policing Program seeks to enhance community safety and security, and increase community confidence and satisfaction with police. This is done by building positive relationships and providing a quality policing service to members of the school community.

The School Based Police Officer (SBPO) aims to assist the school community and police in:

  1. promoting positive relationships between the school community and police.
  2. contributing to an understanding of the law and legal process and procedures, particularly in relation to young people.
  3. attending to police related matters within the school community, where appropriate.

This is accomplished in several ways:

  • identifying and addressing needs within the school community through proactive policing strategies,
  • delivering presentations and programs which address current or emerging issues,
  • the investigation of offences within the parameters of the school,
  • engaging with teachers and support staff to develop plans designed to divert and prevent offences occurring within the school, and in the wider community.
  • Being present and engaging with staff, students and parents during community and school events.​
The most rewarding part of the SBPO role, is the opportunity it gives to directly contribute to the future of the students they come into contact with!