University crime reduction partnership commended by police

Leeds' Crime Prevention Advisor Andrew Gordon Platt and Residential Property Manager Mike Leonard have been commended by West Yorkshire Police for their work in reducing crime against students.

(l-r): Chief Superintendent Paul Money, Andrew Gordon-Platt, Mike Leonard, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom


They received a commendation award from the West Yorkshire Police Leeds District Chief Superintendent for their promotion of a partnership approach to crime reduction.

University Security Services and Residential Services have been working for a number of years in partnership with other local organisations, including Leeds University Union, West Yorkshire Police, Unipol Student Homes, and Safer Leeds. 

The partnership has developed a number of highly-praised student safety initiatives, such as the Knowledge campaign, student-coordinated Neighbourhood Watch schemes, and a Neighbourhood Policing scheme.   As a result, student safety in residences, on the campus, and in the wider north west area of Leeds has improved dramatically.  Crime levels in University accommodation have fallen by 77% since 2004.

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