Students sign up to improve safety in Bradford

A group of Bradford College students will be helping to reduce crime and fire in the city as part of their studies.

The 10-week Student Guardianship scheme will see Public Services students work alongside police and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS), delivering crime and fire prevention advice, information leaflets and community reassurance messages.

The students are required to complete 28 hours over the course duration. This will help them to complete their employability and career planning module.

College lecturer Nosheen Qamer, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for our students which will help to give them a first-hand insight into how the police and fire service work in the local communities and how they help to keep residents safe.

“We hope this Student Guardianship scheme will be a real success for all those involved, and that our students will gain vital skills and experience which will stand them in good stead for a career in public service.”

Detective Inspector Phill Bates, of Bradford District CID, said: “Partnership working is key to reducing crime in Bradford, and the students will be playing a valuable part in enhancing our predictive policing tactics for the city.

“Not only will this help them to complete their studies, but it will give them a practical policing experience which will give them the tools to progress in any future public services role.”

Tom Rhodes, WYFRS Fire Prevention Manager for Bradford, added: “We are very pleased to be part of this partnership. The students will be helping the fire service by delivering safety leaflets in the run up to Bonfire Night, which is a notoriously busy time for us.

“This will help keep communities safe from the dangers that can be posed by mishandling fireworks and setting fires in the open.”