TWENTY-seven universities are paying £3million to police forces for cops to protect students, amid fears they are easy targets.

The money is being used to fund dedicated patrols, a Freedom of Information request by The Times revealed.

 The project allows universities to keep dedicated officers while neighbourhood cops have fallen

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The project allows universities to keep dedicated officers while neighbourhood cops have fallen

More than £2million has been paid to 17 police forces over the past three years — with £1.2million set to be spent in this academic year.

Northampton University has put most money aside — allotting £775,000 over the next three years for one sergeant and five constables.

The university said it was subsiding the scheme “at a time when central funding to officers is reducing,” adding they wanted to support the police in town “rather than stretch it further”.

The project allows universities to keep dedicated officers while neighbourhood cops have fallen.

 In Northumbria, cops has received more than £400,000 over the past three years from three universities

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In Northumbria, cops has received more than £400,000 over the past three years from three universities

It comes as police budgets have decreased by 19 per cent since 2010.

Shadow Minister for Policing Louise Haigh said: “Again we are seeing communities contributing to the cost of policing, which creates a two-tier system leaving those areas that can afford to pay with public services and deprived areas going without.”

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