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PCSO Christie Hurley Spreads the word about safety

October 14, 2014, 10:18 am

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The dedicated University of Hertfordshire policing team has been meeting new students at the University of Hertfordshire to spread the word about safety at the start of the new academic year.

Alongside colleagues from the police Community Safety Team, the team, which consists of PC Dave Murray, and PCSOs Louise Luxford and Christie Hurley, greeted students at the Freshers Fair held on Friday (October 3) and the International Students information event, held the previous week (Friday, September 26).

During the events the team shared information about how to keep themselves and their belongings safe and remain crime free whilst at university and in and around Hatfield, as well as highlighting the perils of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.

This summer it was revealed that the University of Hertfordshire was the safest university in the East of England according to the Complete University Guide, and the University Policing Team work closely with the University and students to keep it that way.

They have also spoken to over 1,000 students during a series of safety talks, offering advice on property security, money and passport security, driving related matters, alcohol and drugs.

A dedicated operation has also been put in place – Op Balsam, to help prevent noise related anti-social behaviour associated with the start of the term, alongside Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Environmental Health officers. The operation is also an opportunity to prevent burglary around student properties and meet and greet those at the Forum to ensure they get home safe.

Chief Inspector for Welwyn Hatfield, Adam Willmot said: “We are proud of the relationship we have with the University of Hertfordshire. Not all universities have a dedicated policing team and I firmly believe that this approach, coupled with the close partnership working, has a direct impact on keeping crime levels low and allowing the students to thrive in a safe environment.”

Ross Renton, Dean of Students at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “The University is proud of the highly productive partnership we have with the Hertfordshire Constabulary and we work very closely with the University policing team to ensure our community is safe and welcoming for students, staff and visitors.”

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