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Bradford partnership developed to help to keep students safe

5 August 09

The University of Bradford, Bradford College, West Yorkshire Police, Bradford Council and City Centre Beat, have worked together to develop a partnership, to set up a new safety scheme primarily aimed at students called 'Student Safe Spot'.

The scheme aims to provide safe places in Bradford for students to go to when they feel unsafe. Businesses and organisations who have signed up to the scheme will advertise they are members by displaying the 'Student Safe Spot' sticker in their window.  Students who see the sign and feel in danger can go to the business to wait until they feel safe again, call a friend/taxi and wait until help arrives, or to ask the business to call the police for them.

On Wednesday 19 August the 'Student Safe Spot' partnership will be inviting local businesses together with potential and current subscribers to Bradford College to find out more and how to sign up to the scheme.

When businesses sign up to the scheme they will receive: access to the City Centre Beat intranet, regular briefings and training and information from the Student Safe Spot partnership on how the scheme will operate.

President of Bradford Colleges Students' Union, Sohieb Shabir Mir, said: "Both Students' Unions are delighted with the partnership between the College, University, West Yorkshire Police, Bradford Council and City Centre Beat in developing this scheme for students.  Through providing a network of places where students can go, our students can study and live within an even more supportive community."
Inspector Kevin Pickles who leads the City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "It is vital that students who choose to come to Bradford can feel safe when they are out and about. The aim of the 'Student Safe Spot' scheme is to provide places for students to go should they feel under threat. To make this work we need the support of local businesses and I would urge them to come along to the college in August to find out how they can help and be involved in the scheme."

5 August 09

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