Canterbury Street Marshal scheme

A Canterbury Street Marshal scheme trial is set to launch on Saturday 19 September.

The scheme is a partnership between the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent Union, Christ Church Students’ Union, Kent Police, Canterbury City Council, the Residents’ Associations of north and south Canterbury and Right Guard Security.

The Street Marshals will operate in male and female pairs, patrolling in designated residential areas during University term time as follows:

  • St Michaels area – Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights – 23.00-04.00
  • Club Chemistry/Martyrs Field area – Wednesday and Friday nights – 23.00-05.00
  • Sturry Road/Northgate area – Wednesday and Friday nights – 23.00-05.00

During arrivals weekend and fresher’s week the Street Marshals will be available each evening from Saturday 19 to Saturday 26 September.

The Street Marshals primary aim is to safeguard the safety and wellbeing of students as they make their way through designated areas of Canterbury at night. It is also intended that the Street Marshals will provide a reassuring presence to both students and local residents.

The Street Marshals are all Security Industry Authority accredited, have been vetted by Kent Police and undertaken training prescribed by the Association of Chief Police Officers under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme. All have been selected for their professionalism, friendliness and communication skills in this unique role in Canterbury.

The trial will operate for one academic year.