Community spirited Middlesex University has joined forces with the Metropolitan Police in a project that will see Hendon residents getting easy access to advice about their safety.
From 16 November the University will host drop-in sessions for local people, who can meet members of the Metropolitan Police’s Hendon Safer Neighbourhood Team and discuss issues like security at home and community safety. The sessions will also be open to students.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Director of Corporate Services, Steve Knight officially launched the scheme and said: “We're delighted to support the Metropolitan Police by welcoming local people onto our campus. A safe community benefits us all so we look forward to providing regular opportunities for Hendon residents and students to get professional security and safety advice."
Metropolitan Police Sergeant Steve Peyton is urging local people to make the most of the new service: “This surgery is the result of continued partnership work between the police and the University which has developed over the last few years. University users and the local community will be able to speak with us on a one to one basis in a safe environment and if this is successful we will certainly look to making the surgeries more frequent.”
Middlesex University has a long standing commitment to safety for students, local people and staff and this was recognised this month when Head of Security, Paul Manning, scooped the award for best ‘In-house Security Manager’ at the Security Excellence Awards 2011.
The ceremony, which took place at the London Hilton at Park Lane, saw Paul awarded the industry accolade for his initiatives to keep staff and students safe on campus at Middlesex, overcoming tough competition from large companies such as Marks and Spencer, William Hill and the Wales Millennium Centre.
Paul impressed judges with his CampusWatch scheme, a partnership between Middlesex and local police, which provides advice and information on drugs and also helps students get to know their local police force. Other initiatives that he introduced include self defence sessions for staff and he even led by example by becoming a special constable himself.
At the launch of the new safety surgery drop-in Paul said: “Many of our students are locals but we also welcome people from all over the world, some living away from home in a big city for the first time, and we are here to ensure they can concentrate on enjoying university life without concerns about safety and security”.
Hendon safety surgery
Local people are invited to drop-in to the University’s Hendon Campus, Rickett’s Quadrangle, the Burroughs, Hendon on:
16/11/11 between 16:00-18:00
23/11/11 between 14:00-17:00
30/11/11 between 12:00-14:00
07/12/11 between 16:00-18:00
16/12/11 between 16:00-18:00
Photo: Middlesex University’s Paul Manning and Steve Knight (centre) at an event to launch the safety surgeries, joined by members of the Met Police Hendon safer neighbourhood team, Campuswatch Special Constables (University staff members) Toni Hannan and Barry French and Daniel Morris from the local residents committee (far side right)