University to Fund New Police Community Support Officers

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The University of Worcester and West Mercia Police have announced an innovative deal which will make the University and surrounding areas even safer for the beginning of the new academic year.

The University, which is already ranked as one of the safest in the country according to the most recent Complete University Guide report, has now put plans in place to fund two new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), who will be dedicated to crime prevention in and around University sites from September.

The two new positions will complement and enhance the local police presence and will work closely with both West Mercia Police and the University security team. They will be based at the St John’s Campus and will also work at the City Campus, Riverside, The Hive, University Arena and University Park.

University of Worcester Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, David Green, says: “We are delighted to be further strengthening our already excellent relationship with West Mercia Police. We are deeply committed to crime prevention and making our community safer.

“The University has made considerable progress in recent years in making our campuses even safer. This includes the development of a significant and thorough CCTV system and the expansion of our security team, which now stands at 25 full-time staff – many of whom have completed West Mercia Police’s Community Safety Accreditation, which sees them work closely with the local community and police officers.”

Working across all University sites throughout the city, the new PCSOs will provide a visible increase in police presence while working alongside both students and local residents to focus on crime prevention in Worcester.

Professor Green continues: “We already have in place a very effective community forum, which sees members of the local community and Neighbourhood Watch work alongside our students in order to ensure our community is as safe and harmonious as possible.

“The new PCSOs will be able to enhance this, and deal effectively with issues as they arise, whilst remaining employees of West Mercia Police and having a community brief.”

The University will fund the direct salary costs for the two new PCSOs, with West Mercia Police funding additional costs such as pension, National Insurance and training.

The officers will work shifts through seven days between the hours of 8am and midnight. The University will have input into the standard rota to ensure that the PCSOs are able to assist at important times, such as graduation week and arrivals weekend.