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TEACHERS from schools in South Normanton and Pinxton have been out on police patrol to help them understand more about pupils’ behaviour outside of the classroom.

Headteachers Martyn Cooper, of Frederick Gent School, South Normanton, and Matthew Pendleton, of Kirkstead Junior School in Pinxton joined officers from the Alfreton area.

Pc Matthew Copestake was one of the officers who went on patrol with the teachers.

He said: “The aim behind the joint patrols was to give the teachers an insight into local policing, the issues faced and also the ways in which we deal with anti-social behaviour.

“As well as helping to forge good relationships with local schools, teachers are also able to identify familiar faces and build up a picture of youngsters’ behaviour outside of school.”

The initiative has already been used successfully in other parts of Derbyshire and further joint teacher and police patrols may be organised in the future.

To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police or visit the website: www.derbyshire.police.uk.