It's all about accessibility and reassurance. Our team of nine police are based in a classroom right at the front entrance to New Silksworth infant school in Sunderland, and we've literally opened our door to the whole community.
People who admit they would never ever go to a police station are ringing the bell to talk to us because we're a school. And they can chat to us without even coming in as we're on patrol outside the school at the start and end of every school day. It gives the parents access - they might go from talking about the weather to telling us there's a drug dealer coming to the house next door every Wednesday.