Clwyd West Assembly Member Darren Millar has urged the Welsh Government to ensure that money will be available in its Autumn budget for the continuation of Police School Liaison Officer posts in Wales.
In this week’s Business Statement, Darren spoke of the valuable work School Liaison Officers do and called for a Welsh Government statement on their future.
“I know that, in the past, the Welsh Government has provided funding to support Police School Liaison Officers and, of course, there has been an element that has come from the health side of the funding in order to support the substance misuse work that those officers do.
“We all know in our own constituencies about the valuable work of school liaison officers in promoting community safety, police community relationships and helping to educate young people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. I understand that the cost of these around Wales is about £350,000. I would be very grateful if the Welsh Government could confirm that, in the budget in the autumn, that money will be available to enable these important posts to continue beyond April next year.”
The Finance Minister and Trefnydd, Rebecca Evans AM, told Darren that “we are at the very start of our budget considerations, but I'm sure they will be discussed with the relevant Ministers during that budget-setting process”.