Police Community Support Officers on patrol at Brookes

Friday, 24 September 2010


Brookes is fully funding two Police Community Support Officers (PCSO's) to work with students on issues such as personal safety and to encourage good community relations.

Oxford Brookes University is fully funding two Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to work with students on issues such as personal safety and to encourage good community relations.

The PCSOs will be based at the University’s Gipsy Lane campus. They will patrol the Headington campus and streets in the surrounding local area.

Dr Anne Gwinnett, Director of Corporate Affairs at Oxford Brookes and Chair of the University’s meetings with local residents said:

“We are pleased to be making this investment in the community, and to be working in such close partnership with Thames Valley Police on this initiative. The new PCSOs will be a resource both for students and members of the public.

“They are here to support our students with issues such as crime prevention and personal safety, and to encourage responsible behaviour. The addition of Brookes’ PCSOs to the policing team will have a positive impact on the level of police presence available to deal with any issues as and when they occur.”

Oxford Brookes is spending £124,000 to provide two PCSOs on a two-year contract. The situation will then be reviewed.

PC Chris Miles, Neighbourhood Specialist Officer with the Headington North neighbourhood team said, “The PCSOs have been heavily involved in Freshers’ Week, helping to provide crime reduction advice to students living in halls of residence and elsewhere and getting to know the student community.”

Funding for PCSOs is not the only support that Oxford Brookes University has offered the local neighbourhood team.

PC Miles added, “The University has agreed to host our webpage on the student website and we will be able to provide online crime prevention advice and update students on what we are doing to ensure that they don’t become victims of crime during and after their stay at the University.”

The Headington North neighbourhood policing team can be contacted via the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number 08458 505 505 or by email headingtonnorth@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. The latest neighbourhood update for Headington North can be read on their neighbourhood page on the Thames Valley Police website. In addition, a dedicated student twitter page has been set up by the police. Log on to twitter and search ‘TVP_Students’ to get all the latest updates.