CALLS from Beath High School to the police service have reduced significantly in the four months since Calum McDougall took on the role of School Engagement Officer at the Cowdenbeath secondary.

Cowdenbeath Area Committee heard that PC McDougall commenced the fully funded one year secondment from the Community Police team on January 28, following the success of the format in other parts of the country.

Community Inspector Gavin Cameron told councillors: "The aim is to promote positive behaviour and community learning in the school and local community by providing support for pupils, carers and parents.

"By working in conjunction with internal and external partners and specialists, PC McDougall has been involved in a number of projects which lead to increased positive destinations for pupils and a reduction in anti-social behaviour, truancy and youth crime in the community."

To date he has delivered workshops covering the 'One Punch' awareness campaign, focussing on violence; the 'Slide' Campaign covering drug misuse and serious and organised crime; Online Safety, including the training of peer ambassadors; as well as targeted conflict resolution and choices training.

He has also carried out partnership patrols with Clued Up, Family Support, Safer Communities Officers and the Street Pastors.

Added Inspector Cameron: "A number of future initiatives are planned including a team building course for prefects covering leadership skills, roles and responsibilities; a Police Careers event and a Blue Light Disco.

"The early results are positive and since him taking up the post there has been a 43 per cent reduction in the number of calls made to the police from Beath High."

Before the summer break Beath High rector, Steven Ross, warmly praised the impact that PC McDougall had made in the School Engagement Officer role and his inter-action with pupils of all age groups.