The Back to School Safety campaign returns for the third year, following its previous success that even led to its nomination for a national award. From Tuesday 3rd September to Friday 6th September, there will be increased policing in the town centre to ensure the safety of the students returning to school. The Back to School Safety campaign is focussed on increasing personal safety for new school starters and reducing serious youth violence.
In addition to an additional 25 police officers, to bring the total to 30 officers, there will also be increased CCTV surveillance. There will be intelligence-led stop and searches, based on known information. The police will work with other key youth engagement teams and Croydon BID to deliver an effective campaign that engages young people and increases their safety and awareness.
The youth engagement teams will deliver activities in North End and there will be pop-up stands, local musicians and interactive art work to increase engagement and provide useful advice and guidance in a way that resonates with young people. The Choose Your Future campaign and Lives not Knives will be present too to promote positive messages to the young people.
Croydon BID continues to work closely with the Metropolitan police to invest in safety and is continuing to support the additional hours of police activity in the town centre during key times.
Following the campaign, we will provide a further update on its success.