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York Cops go to College


5:49pm 20th January 2012

The York West Safer Neighbourhood Team are extending a positive relationship with college students in the city.

A team of four Police Community Support Officers led by a Police Constable are making regular visits to York College on Sim Balk Lane.

They have held surgeries for the students and are now giving presentations on how students can avoid becoming the victims of crime. The first of these presentations focussed on cybercrime.

As well as their physical presence, the team will be available in cyberspace with their own Facebook page and a Twitter account which students can use to ask for advice.

They can be followed via or search for them using "snayorkwest" on both Facebook and Twitter.

Sgt Iain Sirrell, who heads up the York West Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

"I would like to thank York College for giving us facilities at the college.

"I am very excited about this initiative. It gives us a great opportunity to build a constructive rapport with a large number of people. I am sure that as the word spreads through the college community the numbers of people visiting the surgeries will only increase."

Graeme Murdoch, Deputy Principal at York College, is delighted that  the College can offer the local police the opportunity to engage with a large of the section of the local community. He said:

"We are pleased to provide a base for the local police to form relationships with in this way. 

"This new initiative will aid communication and ensure that our students and staff feel comfortable in approaching the local police, should they need to.

"It's a very positive move and we anticipate that everyone will feel more secure and informed."


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