§ 4. Mr. Greenway
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department does to encourage police visits to schools.
§ The Minister of State, Home Office (Mr. Douglas Hurd)
All forces already recognise the importance of liaison with schools and devote considerable resources to school visiting.
§ Mr. Greenway
Does my right hon. Friend agree that educational visits to schools by the police can do nothing but good in giving the children an appreciation of the difficult job that the police do and of how they can be of 495 service to both the children and the community? Is he aware that there is sometimes opposition to the police making educational visits, and will he do all that he can to overcome that?
§ Mr. Flannery
If the police go to the schools in any numbers, will the Home Secretary ensure that they are not allowed to group themselves in such a way as to draw their batons and beat up the children?