SCHOOL Liaison Officers have been given top marks by North Wales Police just eight months after they were introduced.
The idea was to identify and work with children and young people who are at risk of becoming victims of crime or offenders.
Wrexham has three School Liaison Officers (SLOs) - PCs Yvette Davies, Barry Prole and Adrian Goodchild.
As part of their programme officers have been working closely with headteachers to teach children about reducing victimisation, criminality and anti-social behaviour.
Among topics discussed have been bullying, drugs, substance misuse and personal safety.
'The aim of the programme is to achieve crime and disorder reduction within young communities through the medium of education and to support the wider school community,' said John Grisdale, School Liaison co-ordinator for North Wales Police.
'It has been excellent for children to put a face to their local officer, as this will prove beneficial and hopefully have a knock-on effect on behaviour outside school.
'We have so far received excellent evaluation reports from teachers which have highlighted that pupils have been genuinely interested in the issues raised and they actively became involved throughout and were eager to ask questions.'
SLO's spend their day travelling from school to school delivering presentations to children of various ages.
'My first year visiting schools in Wrexham has been very rewarding and the response and comments from both teachers and pupils has been very encouraging,' said PC Goodchild.
'I am looking forward to continuing to deliver the programme.'
One of the biggest schemes that SLO's have been involved with is the On A High Note songwriting competition which was launched in Wrexham schools to get pupils to think about the effects of drugs by writing songs.
The winner receives a £400 keyboard and gold disc for their school and their song is recorded as a CD and sold to the general public. The winning song will be played at Scotts' nightclub on Sunday, June 12.
'The programme is still in its infancy,' said Mr Grisdale. 'However comments from the teaching profession suggest it's a quality provision and is much appreciated.'