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Reflections on the Safer at Reading Event

*Trigger Warning: Sexual Violence*

On Tuesday 30th November, Thames Valley Police visited RUSU for our Safer at Reading event where they discussed Project Vigilant. Project Vigilant is an initiative to safeguard the vulnerable from sexual violence in the night-time economy. This is undertaken by a combination of both plain-clothed and uniformed officers who are specifically trained to spot predatory behaviour and be ‘professionally inquisitive.’ Recently, the project has gained an additional £297K to contribute towards bespoke training to further develop the skills of officers who would like to focus their career on this.

Additionally, a recent partnership has been established with Circles South East who also attended the event where their work focuses on convicted sex offenders and rehabilitation through a series of theories and community established ‘circles’ to prevent re-offenders.

The event was extremely insightful and it was admirable to see the dedication from not only Thames Valley Police but also other key stakeholders in the community to work towards womens’ safety. The event was attended by University of Reading staff and students, University Security, the MyWay app and RUSU colleagues all of whom appreciated the reassurance from Thames Valley Police on the continued work ongoing within this area.

If you would like to find out more about Project Vigilant, Thames Valley Police’s website is here: https://www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/news-and-events/thamesvalley-pcc-news/2021/11/project-vigilant-awarded-further-funding/

If you would like to find out more about Circles South East then please visit: https://circlessoutheast.org.uk