Middlesex University and The Metropolitan Police’s Hendon Safer Neighbourhood scheme along with Enfield and Barnet Police Special Constables have teamed up to provide advice and support to new and returning students about the dangers of drugs, as part of a University initiative.
Officers were invited to the University on 13 and 15 October, to speak to students to raise awareness and offer information and advice. This, and a Freshers’ Week briefing for students, were the first of several planned events as part of a joint approach to a strategy around preventing alcohol and drug abuse.
As part of the visit, University and Students’ Union staff, along with the invited officers, explored the campuses and halls with sniffer dogs and were pleased to report that no drugs were found. Middlesex has a good track record on drugs awareness initiatives and working with the Police to ensure the safety of students, staff and the local community.
PC Glen Smith of the Hendon Safer Neighbourhoods team said: "Middlesex University is an integral part of the community. Our Campuswatch scheme reinforces the University's zero tolerance drugs policy and helps students get to know their local police. I am very happy with the feedback and look forward to a continued working partnership with the University over the academic year."
Paul Manning, Head of Security at Middlesex University said: “The University is proud of its contribution to the local community. It is to the credit of our student body that we do not have any significant safety or policing issues to deal with on our campuses. We are committed to continuing to work closely with the police.”
The Police are also working with the University in order to recruit new Special Constables from staff and students under the Campuswatch scheme, with over two hundred staff and students having expressed an interest so far. The University and the Police will also be working together with local drug and alcohol counsellors to support the University’s counselling team.