EDUCATING INFLUENCE: The school-based police officer at Lockyer District High School, Acting Senior Constable Lilley Voigt, with Year 10 students Brittany Edwards and Emma Goos.
EDUCATING INFLUENCE: The school-based police officer at Lockyer District High School, Acting Senior Constable Lilley Voigt, with Year 10 students Brittany Edwards and Emma Goos. Amy Lyne

Reassuring presence at Lockyer District High School

A CONSTABLE patrols the grounds of Lockyer District High School, but she is not there to give tickets and charge students.

School-based police officer Acting Senior Constable Lilley Voigt has donned the blue uniform each day for a year at the school.

While she said at first students were worried as to why their school had a police officer, they now understand she is there for any problems they might have.

"I have built up a really good rapport with most of the kids here," she said.

"They are quite happy to come talk to me if they have any problems."

These problems can range from anything to driving rules, alcohol and drugs or one of the biggest issues, cyber bullying.

"A typical day, first break and second break I will go do patrols and talk to the kids when they are eating lunch and just have a general conversation," she said.

"I'm there to give some basic knowledge to the kids about what we do and why we are here."

Acting Snr Const Voigt said she also presented lectures to classes about issues such as alcohol, drugs, road safety, driver education and youth crime.

She also attends sports carnivals and will attend Year 8 camp next term.

"I am trying at the moment to promote road safety," she said.

"I have been doing patrols out the front of the school in the afternoon just for the kids and the parents who are driving and using the crossing."

Acting Snr Const Voigt can carry only handcuffs and capsicum spray at school, and despite students thinking she is not a real officer without a gun, these are the rules of Education Queensland.

She said she was enjoying her time at Lockyer High and it was good step becoming a detective in child protection.

"I am only young in my career. I did my first year in Toowoomba, my next two years in Tara and then I got a promotion to come here," she said.

There are 50 school-based police officers that work in 57 state high schools in Queensland.


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