The Police Student Volunteer scheme involves university students working with South Wales Police on crime reduction and prevention initiatives.
The Student Volunteers work with police colleagues and staff from partner agencies, including local councils, to improve the local community for the benefit of students.
They help run a burglary reduction scheme, which helps ensure that landlords renting homes to students have the right security measures in place to protect their property. Multi-agency days of action have been held – and the scheme has resulted in an 80% decrease in burglary in some areas of the city.
The Student Volunteers run the ‘Going Home for the Holidays” campaign, which involves visiting more than 2500 properties to remind students to take their valuables home when they leave at term-time breaks, and to secure their property.
They also help promote the Tidy Text scheme, which sends text messages to students about when to put out waste for collection.
Cardiff is busy at night – and the Student Volunteers play an active role in keeping the streets safe, patrolling with police officers and running the Student Safety Bus.
Overall, the Student Volunteers contribute up to 4000 hours of service during the year.