A truancy sweep has been carried out with police, council and schools joining forces to tackle the ongoing problem.
West Yorkshire Police Schools Officers, Anti-Social Behaviour Officers , Attendance Officers and local PCSOs joined Woodkirk Academy, Morley Academy and Bruntcliffe School to target those who were absent from school without authorisation.
Officers carried out patrols in the town centre and the White Rose Shopping Centre on Monday, targeting ‘hotspots’ where children are known to congregate.
Officers also visited over 50 addressees throughout the morning, with more during the afternoon, checking on children who were absent without informing their school.
Some were found to be genuine absences, but those that weren’t have been sent warning letters were also issued about non-attendance.
PC John Cockcroft, the Safety Schools Officer for West Yorkshire Police working in Morley, said: “We need to make sure that young people, particularly those who are regularly out of school, get back into education.”
PC Cockcroft said that officers are regularly out in the town centre and check those known ‘hotspots’ with more of these crackdowns planned for the future.
“We will be repeating this venture again.
“Attendance is always an issue for schools and we, the police, are here to support them in every way we can.
“The aim of these patrols is to encourage children and also their parents to return to a stable educational attendance.”