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CPT metro cops going 'back to school'

Metro police are joining a pilot programme which assists high risk high schools.

Metro police officers are going back to the classroom. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Metro police on Wednesday said some of officers are going back to the classroom to assist five high risk schools as part of a pilot programme, which aims to ensure a safe learning environment.

The project, which will kick off at the start of the 2013 school year is based on an American model.

City officials believe the initiative will help reduce playground violence and gangsterism.

The city's JP Smith said they are in the process of appointing the officers.

"The members are currently being recruited, we've got an outsider coming in to help us with the screening because we have to choose the right person with the right personality who is passionate about youth development and interested in children and who has the right set of skills and temperament for this."

Smith said he believes learners could also benefit from available job opportunities in the city in future.

"For us it's also a magnet programme on getting candidates excited for their career options within traffic law enforcement, metro police and even the fire and emergency side."