The Government has guaranteed the continuity of the Police Tutor and Road Safety Education programmes through the renewal of a collaboration protocol signed by the Minister of the Presidency, Public Function and Equality, Mercedes Garrido, and the Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Martí March.
As Garrido recalled, “the Tutor Police Programme was born in the Balearic Islands and has been extended to the rest of Spain, with the aim of collaborating with the entire educational community to provide a solution to student problems that are very changeable, as is also done by promoting safe mobility through Road Safety Education”.
For his part, March defended that “the police tutors are essential and effective for the school to have contact and coordination with the community, and are a reference staff extended to all the islands”.
The aim of the police tutors is to reinforce prevention, awareness and early detection of risk behaviour among students, related to possible cases of truancy, bullying and situations of social risk.
It involves a member of the local police, with specific training and specialised in the resolution of private conflicts and in the school environment, acting as a collaborator close to schools and facilitating the resolution of these problems, including risk behaviour related to minors. This is a local police officer especially dedicated to collaborating with the educational world and with professionals in the social sphere, without losing the status of an agent of authority and all that it represents.
The Road Safety Education Programme, which is included for the first time in this agreement, aims to promote safe mobility among students in the Balearic Islands and to train them in this area.
Both programmes are coordinated by the Public Safety Institute of the Balearic Islands and are implemented in most schools in the Balearic Islands. In fact, in the 2020-2021 academic year, 175 schools and almost 59,000 students have participated in the Tutor Police Programme, with a total of 5,125 actions to deal with absenteeism and bullying, actions with minors outside the school environment or in the field of new technologies, which have increased their use due to the pandemic.
The Road Safety Education Programme has 58 municipalities and in the last course more than 42,000 people took part, with a total of 2,912 hours of theoretical and practical training.
The signing ceremony was also attended by the Director General of Emergencies and the Interior, Jaume Barcerló, the head of the Diversity Service, Marta Escoda, the coordinator of the Tutor Police programme, Rafel Covas, and the coordinator of Road Safety Education, Llucia Pons.