Labor drops the ball on student support

30 May 2017 4:46 PMJann Stuckey

Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey is calling on the Palaszczuk Government to immediately appoint a School Based Police Officer (SBPO) to support students at two local high schools following a frightening spate of youth crime.


In Parliament this week Ms Stuckey highlighted the number of incidents involving youth, some barely in their teens, which occurred across the Gold Coast – including a bomb hoax at Palm Beach Currumbin State High School.


“The process to secure a shared School Based Police Officer for the Currumbin Electorate’s two high schools began 12 months ago, and I have to say we’ve been given the run around as to how to progress the application,” Ms Stuckey said.


“Finally, the Department of Education advised that they have referred our request back to the Queensland Police Service.


“The department also advised that no new SBPO's have been allocated since 2012 – which is five years ago, so it is little wonder departments could not remember the correct procedure.


Challenges facing our young people have increased dramatically in the past five years, from greater social media reach to the emergence of easily accessible and highly dangerous drugs like ice.


“School Based Police Officers have a positive influence in our schools and offer another layer of adult guidance to teens, who in this day are exposed to situations unknown to previous generations.


“By ignoring requests from local police and principals to provide SBPOs where they are needed most, Labor are burying their heads in the sand and putting our youth at risk.


“The Palaszczuk Government is showing it’s not only soft on crime, but it’s also neglecting the welfare of teens by refusing to support calls for one of these officers to be shared by two local schools.


“I call on the Minister for Police and the Minister for Education to reactivate the SBPO program and allocate a new position for high schools in Currumbin.”