1 November 2021

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Network and build your CV by getting involved in Student Watch, a joint volunteering initiative between the University and the Police.

Student Watch volunteers are a point of contact for students with safety concerns, and they are supported by the University Police Liaison Officer - a police officer dedicated to safety on and around campus.

Issues the volunteers tackle can include getting home safe, being a good neighbour, marking your property, and protecting your home.

If you’re interested in getting involved, you can apply via MyCareer - but be quick as there are limited places available. 

Apply now

Changes to the Offensive Weapons act

Recent changes to the law mean tougher penalties for being in possession of knives, firearms and offensive weapons. Offensive weapons include knuckledusters, throwing stars, police style batons, locking knives. It is now an offence to have such articles in private. 

If police have reason to enter your accommodation and they find offensive weapons, that student may be liable for arrest. 

If any film students have such items for realism in filming, they should inform their tutor immediately, and the items must be locked securely in a University.

PC Clare Parry, the University of Portsmouth Police Liaison Officer

Our campus police officer

The University's dedicated liaison officer supports students with any police-related enquiries or issues you have on campus.

Police Constable (PC) Clare Parry is an experienced police officer, who has worked extensively with victims of crime and in the community.

You can meet with Clare by dropping into her weekly ‘surgeries’ at the University Library every Thursday lunchtime from 12.00pm - 1.00pm.

She can also be contacted by email at clare.parry@hampshire.pnn.police.uk or by phone on +44 (0)7932 289 776