UWE leading the way on student safety

Issue date: 09 June 2005

Issue date: 09/06/05

Student safety is top of the agenda for this year’s national conference of the Police Association of Higher Education Liaison Officers (PAHELO) this year hosted by the Metropolitan Police, Hillingdon Borough.

Approximately 40 police officers and associate colleagues from across the country will be descending upon Hillingdon for the four-day conference to discuss their successes in reducing crime and fear of crime against students. Two of the delegates will be our own PC Mike Lynett and the National Secretary of the Association, Heather Thomas Student Crime Reduction Co-ordinator now working out of House Services with Chris Abbott’s team.

The PAHELO annual meeting will focus upon the way the relationship between the police, universities and students has evolved since the Association was set up, resulting in safer environments for students to study and live.

Over the past 4 years, UWE in partnership with Avon & Somerset Constabulary, University of Bristol, City of Bristol College, Safer Bristol & South Gloucestershire have introduced a number of initiatives, which has resulted in a significant drop in crime on Campus as well as across the city and South Gloucestershire generally.

Such initiatives include:

Crime Prevention briefings to students and staff
Secure Storage Scheme
Student Accommodation Accreditation Scheme
Spiking Drinks campaign
Vulnerable Rooms Operation

Heather Thomas said “I am really delighted and honoured to be part of the association and very much look forward to welcoming members in London on the 21st June. I am particularly looking forward to a visit to the Houses of Parliament”, which she has managed to arrange with Bristol North West MP Doug Naysmith, and which is scheduled to take place on the afternoon of Thursday 23rd June.

“Over the past 4 years we have achieved a great number of successes, which have helped us build up a great trust between ourselves, students and the university staff and by attending conference we can share with other and focus on best practise.”

The dates for this years Conference is 21st – 24th June 2005

Notes to editors:
You are invited to send a reporter/photographer/film crew to a photo call at The Darwin Room, Brunel University, Cleveland Road, Uxbridge at 7pm on Wednesday 22nd June 2005.

Should you require any further information please contact Heather Thomas on 0117 3281366 before 12 noon on Friday 10th June when she will be on leave until the start of conference on the 21st.

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