Canterbury Street Marshals

Canterbury Street Marshals support students to stay safe when out and about in Canterbury at night. They patrol the streets where many of our students live off-campus or their routes back to campus after a night out.

The Canterbury Street Marshals Scheme is currently paused due to the National Lockdown in response to Covid-19.

What is the Canterbury Street Marshals Scheme?

The Canterbury Street Marshals 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 scheme operates in defined residential areas with the dual aims of safeguarding students and local residents as they transit through designated areas of Canterbury at night, and promoting positive community relationships by encouraging students and local residents to behave responsibly whilst walking through these areas. The Street Marshal scheme is funded by the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University.

About the Scheme

The Street Marshals will be provided by Right Guard Security, and are all Security Industry Authority (SIA) accredited, and approved and vetted by Kent Police as prescribed by the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS).

Kent Police have granted Street Marshals the devolved power of a constable in uniform under section 50 of the Police Reform Act 2002 to require a person whom they have reason to believe to have been acting, or to be acting, in an anti-social manner (within the meaning of section 1 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998) to give their name and address.

The Street Marshals will be clearly identifiable:

  • Wearing red and yellow jackets or tabards, which will clearly state “STREET MARSHAL” on the back of the jacket or tabard
  • Will display the CSAS logo
  • Will display the “Expect Respect” logo for the scheme 
  • Will have a CSAS ID card to display their devolved power status from Kent Police.

The Street Marshals will be there to support those transiting through designated areas, and have been selected for their professionalism, communication skills and approachability.

If you have any concerns whilst transiting though a designated area, please approach the Street Marshals who will be pleased to assist both students and local residents.

Aims and Priorities: 

  • The scheme aims to safeguard the students of both Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent as they transit through designated areas of Canterbury at night.
  • Promote positive community relationships by encouraging students to behave responsibly whilst walking through residential areas identified by both Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent
  • The scheme will operate on designated nights when the students’ unions of both Kent and Christ Church run events at The Venue and Club Chemistry.
  • Further patrols may be supplied for additional club nights held by both universities on a regular basis.
  • The scheme will operate during University term times and welcome weeks (31 weeks per year), plus cover additional one-off events such as summer balls, Halloween, graduation etc.
  • The Street Marshals will ensure that students travelling in the designated areas are safe and well; provide advice and information to students on personal safety; that students behave in a respectful and considerate manner; and provide regular feedback on the scheme to the Steering Group.
  • The Street Marshals will have good customer service and communication skills to promote their role, ensure student safety, avoid situations escalating and help students to understand the impact they have, both positive and negative, on the local community.
  • The Street Marshals will build a rapport with students and the local community and provide a reassuring presence in the designated areas.
  • Right Guard Security will work collaboratively with existing security contractors and in-house staff at both universities.
  • The Street Marshals will operate in pairs, one male and one female, with a first aider available on each shift.

Patrol Area and Timings

The Street Marshal scheme will operate in clearly defined areas of both north and south Canterbury, covering the St Michael’s area, the Headcorn Drive area of Hales Place, Martyrs Field, the area around Club Chemistry and the North Holmes Road area.

Patrols will operate on the following days and times during University term times:

St Michael’s area and the Headcorn Drive area – Wednesday, Friday and Saturday during 23:00-04:00
Martyrs Field, area around Club Chemistry, North Holmes Road area – Wednesday and Friday during 23:00-05:00

2020-21 term dates - Canterbury Christ Church University and University of Kent.

Map of Canterbury City Centre.

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Canterbury Street Marshal Scheme - The following roads are included in the scheme:

  • Beaconsfield Road
  • Bramshaw Road
  • Brockenhurst Close
  • Cadnam Close
  • Cranborne Walk
  • Damerham Close
  • Durnford Close
  • Leycroft Close
  • Lyndhurst Close
  • Ringwood Close
  • St Michaels Place
  • St Michaels Road
  • Salisbury Road
  • Shaftesbury Road
  • Stephenson Road
  • Verwood Close

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