Portsmouth students offer crime prevention advice

Police outside student accommodation in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth on Friday Picture Ben Fishwick

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UNIVERSITY students today joined forces with the emergency services to help their peers stay safe during the festive period.

Students in Portsmouth are working with Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to deliver crime prevention advice through StudentWatch.

The scheme is the first of its kind in Hampshire and is designed to give students volunteering opportunities with the emergency services.

In return they will receive a certificate of recognition and a reference on completion of 10 initiatives.

Sgt Phil Lamb, responsible for setting up volunteering schemes at Hampshire Constabulary, said: ‘Students who volunteer will be doing so in partnership with many agencies, which makes the role diverse and unique.

‘It will help students develop communication and interactive personal skills, and give them confidence to take part in activities outside their comfort zone.’

Volunteers were today set to offer advice to students outside the University of Portsmouth library in Cambridge Road.