The partner agency campaign to keep the public safe in Stirling is once again returning for Freshers' Week.

Operation Steadfast, which aims to tackle crime in the city centre, successfully reduced offending over the summer by 14 per cent and is being utilised to deliver security and personal safety messaging to Stirling's new student population.

The Police Scotland and Stirling Council initiative will see local officers visit the Stirling University campus between Saturday 7th and Sunday 15th September, where they will provide inputs to Freshers during a range of events.

Information on preventing acquisitive crime, responsible drinking and personal safety will be delivered to those in attendance.

In addition, the mobile police station in Friars Street will remain in place during this week to provide police and council officials with a visible presence in the city centre and deter issues such as alcohol-related antisocial behaviour and violence.

Key partners will also join officers on patrol to ensure any students, or other members of the public, who find themselves in a vulnerable possession as a result of excessive alcohol consumption get home safe.

Safe and secure

Convener of Stirling Council’s Public Safety Committee, Cllr Maureen Bennison said: “It’s important that all new students in Stirling feel at home straight away and for the rest of their stay in the city, so I am delighted that Operation Steadfast is rolling out again for freshers’ week.

“Working in partnership with the Police and other agencies, we will continue to tackle anti-social behaviour and other criminal activity to ensure students, residents and visitors to our beautiful city feel safe and secure.”

Close collaboration 

Vice Convener of the Committee, Cllr Chris Kane, said: “The close collaboration between the Council, Police Scotland and other agencies in Operation Steadfast is helping to make Stirling a safer and more welcoming place to live, work and visit.

“With the start of the new academic year, it makes perfect sense to roll out this initiative to offer advice and information to new students, and to provide a visible presence of Police and Council staff in the city centre.”

A proven track-record of reducing crime

Chief Inspector Gill Marshall, Local Area Commander for Stirling said: "We know that Operation Steadfast has a proven track-record of reducing crime in the city centre and keeping our communities safe. That is why it is essential for us to deliver the key objectives of Steadfast to the new students attending Stirling University.

"For many of the Freshers, this will be their first time living away from home and being independent. We don’t want their memories of this milestone to be tarnished by falling victim to a crime, or becoming involved with the police for any reason.

"As such, we'll be delivering a range of personal safety and home security advice to new students at their Freshers events and will have a high-visibility presence in the city centre throughout Freshers week, along with our relevant partners.

"In addition, we will be highlighting Police Scotland's national rape campaign, which provides vital information on how, any sexual act undertaken without consent, is rape.

"We remain committed to ensuring Stirling remains a vibrant and safe place to live, work and visit, and I am grateful to all of those who will be involved in this phase of Operation Steadfast for their support and dedication."

 

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