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Metal detectors in schools

January 20, 2008

The latest plan from the funny farm!

The Home Secretary, in an attempt to divert attention away from all the other stupid decisions she has made, has publicised plans to install metal detectors in hundreds of schools to combat knife crime.

So Mrs Smith, how will this be managed?

Will there be several hundred police officers on duty every morning at schools, staffing the detectors, to seize any weapons found and to deal with the carriers? I don’t think so.

Will private security guards, with no powers of search, be used? Possibly – more money that will have to be found out of school budgets?

How about using the teachers, who do have delegated powers to search? Hang on – isn’t their job to teach kids, not to frisk them before they get into lessons?

What a complete and utter waste of time and money this will be. It is a complete non-starter. Kids have been smuggling fags, booze and porn into school for years and will find a way to get knives past the detector. In fact, they don’t need to, as there will be plenty of knives and other sharp objects in the Design department, so why bother bringing their own?

Somebody somewhere will make a fortune out of supplying these detectors and somebody else will get shafted with the responsibility of staffing the doors. It’s a recipe for disaster!

(First posted on Police Oracle forum 1048 20/01/08)

One Comment leave one →
  1. September 11, 2008 02:10

    I wonder how all the rest of us made it through school without having to go through a metal detector!? Heaven help us.

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