School Based Police Officer
After very successful pilot schemes in Larbert and Denny High Schools the Education Authority and Police Scotland increased the number of School Based Police Officers (SBOs) in Falkirk over the last decade. Constable Gordon Todd joined us here at Falkirk High in January 2013 as part of that roll-out with Grangemouth and Braes High Schools also gaining a police officer at that time. In June 2016 the remaining schools at Bo'ness Academy, Graeme High and St Mungo's High also gained an SBO so now all High Schools in Falkirk have one. This is an initiative which is growing right across Scotland and it has been shown to be an excellent way of building good relationships between police and the local communities whilst reducing the numbers of victims and perpetrators of crime in and out of school, both during and after pupils’ school careers and which fits in with the principles of Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC).
Following on from the good work PC Todd established here over the last 4 years we are now joined by Constable Sharon Lawson- Tennyson who came to us in October 2017 and has now taken over the SBO post here, with PC Todd moving on to a local community role in Upper Braes. Sharon has continued on where Gordon left off and has already established herself as an approachable member of staff as part of our pastoral team.
Sharon has 10 years police service having joined Central Scotland Police in June 2007. Previous to this worked as a 999 police call taker and a Special Constable. The majority of her police service has been as a response officer based at Grangemouth Police Office. She has also had secondments to the Family Unit, Engine Room and Roads Policing Unit.
School Based Officers have a variety of roles in the school all aimed at promoting good citizenship both in school and in the wider community. They have not been brought to the school to police it or as a result of any perceived issue of behaviour, discipline or truancy - rather she is here to work with our young people to help them become functioning members of our society both during their time at school and beyond. Sharon is based in the school and works with all staff and will carry out inputs in Social Education about citizenship, personal and online safety, road safety and substance misuse to name a few. She will also involve herself in extracurricular activities with various groups, including the school’s Step Forward and Mentors in Violence Prevention programmes.
Sharon operates an open door policy at her office in school where pupils and staff can come to her for advice or assistance. If you would like to contact her you can click the link below to email her, call the school to arrange an appointment or call the Non-Emergency Police number, 101.
Email PC Lawson-Tennyson Sharon.Lawson-Tennyson@falkirk.gov.uk
Police Scotland Website http://www.scotland.police.uk
Police Scotland Twitter Feed http://www.twitter.com/policescotland
Falkirk Police Twitter Feed http://www.twitter.com/falkirkpolice
Police Scotland Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/policescotland
Forth Valley Division Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/ForthValleyPoliceDivision
Mentors in Violence Prevention Website http://mvpscotland.org.uk