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Students to see new face as campus cop

Dated: 05 Mar 2013

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Sunderland students will see a new face on campus now a new university officer has been appointed.

PC Gemma Calvert has taken over the role from PC Shane Jenness and is looking forward to giving help and advice to the city's students.

PC Calvert started her police life in 2003 as a Police Community Support Officer with Northumbria Police. She became a Police Constable in 2007 with Cleveland Police before transferring back to Northumbria in 2009.

In her last role, PC Calvert was part of Sunderland Area Command's 24/7 policing team based at Gillbridge station where she carried out the duties of an acting Sergeant and Sexual Offences Liaison Officer.

Now her policing knowledge and expertise will be used to ensure students stay safe and seek police advice when needed.

PC Calvert said: "I'm keen to build on the excellent work that's been carried out by PC Jenness and become a familiar face to the students. I will be walking around campus speaking to them and anyone who sees me is welcome to come and have a chat.

"We want people to come to Sunderland to live and study and take advantage of what the university and the city has to offer. However, student safety is a priority to us.

"My aim is to make sure they are aware of security and crime prevention. For many, it's their first time living away from home and we want them to do everything they can not to become a victim of crime such as looking after their valuables, both on their person and in their student accommodation.

"By taking simple precautions, students' time in the city can be a safe and enjoyable one."

Graeme Robinson, Head of Facilities Support Services at the University of Sunderland, said: "The University would like to thank PC Jenness for his dedication over the last couple of years whilst he has been in post.

"His style of policing, personality and ownership of the role has had such a positive impact on the University community.

"We wish Shane well for the future as he moves onto pastures new and would like to welcome PC Calvert to the University.

"We are sure she will enjoy working with us and will support her in settling in and placing her own mark on the Campus Police Officer role.

"In 1996 the University of Sunderland was one of the first Universities in the country to work collaboratively with their local police constabulary and introduce a dedicated police officer serving a diverse University Community.

"The role has developed over the years and continues to be a great success and an excellent service for the University and its customers."    

PC Calvert can be contacted at the Campus Office on (0191) 515 3999 or via email campus.police@sunderland.ac.uk

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