York Streetwise team launched to improve safety on streets of York
The University of York has launched the York Streetwise team that will patrol key residential areas on Wednesday and Sunday nights from 10pm to 4am. The scheme aims to improve safety and security on busy club nights.
The University of York has partnered with First York and Student Roost, a student accommodation provider, to fund the scheme, which is also supported by York St John University, North Yorkshire Police and City of York Council. The team are trained and supported by the University of York Students’ Union (YUSU).
So far, 4 members have been admitted to the team on a trial ending in December 2018. The members will patrol in mixed gender pairs, helping students and non-students get home safely and offer support where needed.
Currently, the NightSafe team, recognisable by their high visibility jackets, provide support to students on YUSU club nights, however, they are mainly concentrated around the town centre. The York Streetwise scheme will, therefore, focus on the quieter residential areas including Heslington Village, Badger Hill, and Newland Park Drive/Thief Lane.
Jo Horsburgh, Registrar and Secretary at the University of York said:
“We believe the Streetwise scheme will provide additional help and support for our student community late at night and demonstrates our commitment to working in partnership with our students, staff and local residents.”
With Wednesday and Sunday being extremely busy student club nights, it is hoped that their presence will also help with noise control as to not disturb other residents. The team will be recognised by their yellow high visibility jackets with ‘York Streetwise’ on the front and back.