New Delhi, Sep 15 (PTI) Delhi government has decided to rope in retired IPS officers to help it address the issue of students’ safety in schools.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had a meeting today with members of retired IPS officers association during which the issue was discussed.

The decision comes against the backdrop of increased concerns about student safety in schools following the killing of a seven-year-old student in a Gurgaon school and rape of a five-year-old girl by a school peon in Delhi.

“If retired IPS officers volunteer to come forward for security and safety of students, it will be a great help. We can also run an orientation programme for the teachers in this regard,” Sisodia, who holds the Education portfolio, said.

“We can also constitute a ‘neighbourhood watch team’ where retired officers can visit nearby schools and recommend measures to ensure safety of students on their premises,” he added.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.