Issue details

PCC - Home Office Safer Streets Fund – GMP Op Student Safe Vehicle

Operation Student Safe, active from September to April, has shown promising results, particularly in the reduction of burglary and violent crimes in the Fallowfield/Withington area, a region historically plagued by high student-related crimes.

The creation of the University Engagement Team (UET) has been instrumental in this process, enabling proactive student engagement and enhancing overall safety. The UET's objectives include reducing serious acquisitive crime (SAC) and violent crimes, increasing student engagement, addressing underreporting, and minimizing Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). The Team works closely with university and council partners to address anti-social behaviour (ASB).

The operation has been particularly successful in and around the Fallowfield Loop (the designated area for the Safer Streets Bid). This is often seen as a challenging location due to its concealed nature and accessibility for offenders. However, the lack of a dedicated vehicle for the University Engagement Team has posed challenges, limiting operational efficiency. The provision of a dedicated vehicle will significantly improve the UET’s efficiency, allowing for the team to build upon this year's achievements and further enhance student safety in the locality.

The funding decision aligns with the Safer Streets Fund Round Four's focus on reducing neighbourhood crimes and VAWG.

This funding is to be provided through the Home Office Safer Streets Fund Round 4 fund which has a total budget of £453,080.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 09/05/2024

Decision due: 20 Mar 2024 by Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Contact: Lisa Lees Email:


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