Blues Support Police

Everton are giving their full backing to a one of Merseyside Police latest and most important schemes.

'Operation School Watch' is an initiative that is aiming to reduce the number of offences at educational establishments across Merseyside, especially during the summer holidays.

Every year hundreds of thousands of pounds is unnecessarily being spent on repairs to local schools following arson attacks, burglaries and criminal damage, instead of being used to improve the education of our youngsters.

However, officers across Merseyside are committed to address this problem to improve the quality of life for teachers, pupils and members of our local communities.

There will be a dedicated patrol throughout the six weeks of the summer holiday by members of the Police and private security companies, who will take action against those responsible for disorder and crime within the schools.

"The message to offenders is clear," said a spokesman for Merseyside Police.

"If you commit a crime at our schools, you will be arrested and dealt with by the courts. Leave our schools alone."

Everton Football Club fully supports 'Operation School Watch' and are urging those who witness a crime to call the specially designated number: 07792 477252.

"Everyone at Everton Football Club, from the players, the staff and the Board of Directors fully support Operation School Watch," said Ian Ross, Everton's Head of Corporate Affairs and PR.

"Please help to support your community and Merseyside Police by looking after your school. Damage costs money, which is better spent on the education of our youngsters."

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