NASSAU — More than 200 police officers permanently assigned to government senior and junior high schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco returned to their posts yesterday morning as thousands of students returned to schools throughout the country.
Officers were stationed outside C. I. Gibson Senior High School and T. A. Thompson Junior High School as Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald toured those schools and several others yesterday morning.
Fitzgerald said there was a significant reduction of violent incidents in public schools during the 2012 academic year compared to the year before, although he was unable to provide statistics.
“We had one or two incidents last year, but on the whole there has been a drastic reduction, and the schools are a lot safer,” Fitzgerald said.
He had expressed concern about the number of violent incidents perpetrated in public schools on New Providence, in particular over the last few years.
The school-based policing programme was discontinued by the Ingraham administration and relaunched by the Christie administration to reduce those incidents and strengthen the partnership between school administrators and police. (Nassau Guardian)