All schools are offered a designated Safer Schools Officer (SSO). SSOs may be designated to single or multiple schools based on demand.
The decision for a single school to be given a dedicated officer is made locally via an annual demand review by the Safer Schools Sergeant(s) where priority schools and their demands are identified.
The decision to classify a school as a priority for a dedicated posting is evidence based against several criteria, including recorded rates of anti-social behaviour with a link to the School (including community impact), amount of first time entrants to the Criminal Justice System, number of victims of crime, intelligence on weapon related incidents attributed to the school, number of pupils attending the school and the permanent exclusion rate.
As of September 2018, there were 97 Safer Schools Officers dedicated to a single named school. The MPS will review this in August 2019.