FOLLOWING on from last year's successful Torbay Visiting International Students Initiative, police in Torbay will be once again working hard over the coming months to ensure the safety of those here to study. During this period in excess of twenty thousand students will arrive in the area, providing a welcome boost to the local economy.
As in previous years the Police will continue to build on the relationships it has established with the language schools with a number of Police Community Support Officers attending to give talks to the students on staying safe and to outline what is expected of them during their time here in Torbay.
Community Safety Sergeant Jeff Coe said: “Whilst we will do our utmost to make the students stay here enjoyable and incident free, I would emphasis that responsibility for their safety also lies with the language schools, their host families and the students themselves. To this end we will continue to work closely with all concerned, as we have done since TVIS began back in 2006.
“In addition to working within the schools there will be a Police presence at any student events. This not only ensures the students feel safe, but enables us to act quickly should anyone feel the need to be less than welcoming towards them – any individuals committing offences against the students will be robustly dealt with.
“Our cause is further aided this year by the involvement of the Torbay Street Pastors who will patrol the areas frequented by the students to offer advice and act as a point of contact should they require any assistance.”