Students and police work to reduce crime in Portsmouth

Students and police want to reduce crime in Portsmouth
Students and police want to reduce crime in Portsmouth
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POLICE have joined forces with Portsmouth College in a pilot project to highlight the importance of crime prevention measures.

Student volunteers at the Tangier Road site in Baffins helped deliver the message to other students.

Initiatives student volunteers took part in included registering students and staff property on to the national database Immobilise, which is designed to help police link recovered property back to the rightful owner.

They learnt how Hampshire Constabulary support victims of crime using Victim Support and offering general crime prevention advice to other students.

Police Community Support Officer Michelle Slater from the Baffins Safer Neighbourhoods Team designed and ran the college scheme.

She said ‘This scheme has provided students with valuable experience of some of the responsibilities of a police officer and police community support officer.

‘Volunteers have not only helped us to raise awareness with students about crime prevention, they have also completed presentations about various crimes and taken part in role play specific to scenarios that officers might come across out on the street.’

Each volunteer has received a certificate thanking them for their efforts and will receive a reference.