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 Police take part in university event


Durham Constabulary has taken part in an event to examine the opportunities and challenges created by a growing university.

Assistant Chief Constable Dave Orford was one of the guests at the “University And City: Growing Together” event held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, in Durham on Thursday evening.

Around 250 residents, business leaders, staff and students took part in group discussions arising out of Durham University’s 2017-2027 strategy.

Ahead of the discussion, Mr Orford gave a presentation on the police perspective, while Durham University Vice-Chancellor Stuart Corbridge and Durham County Council’s Corporate Director of Regeneration and Local Services also addressed the event.

A speech was read on behalf of Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods, City of Durham MP, who was unable to attend due to family circumstances.

Mr Orford said: “As a force rooted in its community, we welcome increased engagement with the University.

“We look forward to expressing our opinions and listening to those of others on what the University wants to do to improve the City for everyone.”

In advance of the event, the University announced a number of initiatives including match-funding with Durham Constabulary, a uniformed police presence in term time.