Brookes to fund Community Officers

Thursday, 04 February 2010


Oxford Brookes University is planning to fund two Police Community Support Officers.

Oxford Brookes University is planning to fund two Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) working in partnership with Thames Valley Police.

Negotiations are currently ongoing to secure two officers who will be based at Headington campus.

The university already works very closely with residents’ groups, the police and the city and county councils on a range of community issues and takes its responsibilities as a good neighbour seriously.

Dr Anne Gwinnett, Director of Corporate Affairs and Chair of the Oxford Brookes Residents Association meetings said:

“We are pleased to be working in partnership with Thames Valley Police to appoint two Police Community Support Officers.

“The details of these arrangements are currently being discussed.

“The new PCSO positions will be funded by the university and it is intended they will work with the student population on a range of matters from personal safety to responsible behaviour, and with the local community to encourage good relations.

“It is an innovative approach for a university to fully fund PCSO positions in this way in partnership with Thames Valley Police. It means the PCSO’s will be based at the university’s Campus Services offices at Gipsy Lane site, operating both on campus and in the surrounding streets.

“We have been exploring ways we can work more closely with our students and local residents on community issues and we are confident that the PCSO’s will make a positive contribution.”