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Vice Chancellor goes on patrol in Loughborough

15 October 2012

Professor Robert Allison became Vice Chancellor of the University in September 2012 and was invited to spend a night with the police by the local policing unit Commander Inspector Johnny Monks.

He joined officers at 9pm on Saturday 13th October 2012.  Following a briefing with Inspector Monks, he went out on patrol with Sergeant Shaun Gosling and other officers. They took Professor Allison into the town centre; around the so called ‘student triangle’ where a lot of students live alongside local residents before going up to the Students Union on campus.  Professor Allison went home in the early hours of the morning.

Sergeant Gosling said; “Saturday was an exceptionally quiet night in town but Professor Allison witnessed a number of incidents including a group of young people throwing bottles from a balcony, a very distressed woman who had become separated from her daughter and we dealt with a young person who had become ill through drinking too much.  Although not the busiest of nights Professor Allison still got to see the depth and breadth of the issues we deal with in our line of duty.”

Recalling his experience of the night, Professor Allison, said; “I have always had great admiration for the police and the time that I spent with them reinforced this. I observed the officers that I accompanied deal with a range of issues, often involving people who had consumed a large volume of alcohol. I was most impressed with the tact and diplomacy used by the police to manage difficult situations.

“Part of the evening was spent patrolling neighbourhoods with high numbers of tenanted houses used by students for multiple occupancy. I now have a much better understanding of both where these areas are in Loughborough and the issues that arise in such neighbourhoods.

“We also visited the Students' Union in the small hours of Saturday morning. I was shown around the building and witnessed at first hand the partnership working between the police, union sabbatical officers and security staff.

“My overwhelming impression is that the police in Loughborough are a highly professional and dedicated group of officers. They have the best interests of the community at heart and deal with a range of difficult issues. I am particularly grateful to them for how they interact with students and local residents alike and congratulate them on undertaking difficult work on behalf of the town's community.”


For all media enquiries contact:

Hellen Jackson
Counties' BCU Public Relations Officer
Leicestershire Constabulary
E: Hellen.jackson@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

Alison Barlow
Community Relations Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228696
E: A.J.Barlow@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.