ASSURE SAFETY: PUBLIC SAFETY AND NIGHTLIFE SECURITY JOIN FORCES

NIGHTLIFE SETTINGS are high-intensity environments with complex dynamics and risk factors including aggression, active shooters, sexual assault, theft, crowds, vandalism, underage drinking and driving.

VENUE SAFETY is an organized alliance of nightlife businesses to formalize practices and improve communication with regulatory and enforcement agencies. A coordinated system with training, newsletters, forums and award celebrations build commitment.

PUBLIC SAFETY is an interagency collaborative to collect and organize data, identify at risk venues and patron behavior and coordinated early assistance for improved compliance.

ROUNDTABLES, LEARNING LABORATORY AND TRENDSPOTTING SESSIONS

 IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO MAKE A CITY SAFE: CREATING A NIGHTLIFE SAFETY ALLIANCE

Date: Monday, February 19                      Time: 10:15 - 11:45 am               Type: Roundtable Discussion

The opening session in the Safety and Security program track will explore the value of diverse partnerships in maintaining public safety. As one of the only city departments open past 5:00pm, police still represent the frontlines of protecting safety at night. Yet other perspectives have an important role to play, too. Hospitality venues, campus police, CPTED professionals and college administrators are assets to city police and can help lay the groundwork to prevent crime and disorder. You’ll learn how to engage and sustain momentum with the key players of a nightlife safety alliance in your community.

Richard Myers
Executive Director
Major Cities Chiefs Association
MODERATOR

Greg Mullen
RHI Consultant
Former Chief
Charleston Police Department

Macarena Rau Vargas
RHI Consultant
Chair
International CPTED Association

Beth Bagwell
RHI Board
Executive Director
International Town Gown Association

Paul Seres
RHI Board
Founding Trustee
New York City Hospitality Alliance

 POLICING NIGHTLIFE DISTRICTS: A HOW-TO GUIDE

Date: Monday, February 19                      Time: 3:15 - 5:00 pm           Type: Learning Laboratory

Greg Mullen
Former Chief
Charleston Police Department

Greg Mullen will introduce RHI’s 2018 Guide on Public Safety and Policing Nightlife Districts. This guide builds upon decades of research, case studies and interviews with police officers that work in active nightlife districts. Highlights will include an overview of criteria for officer selection, training curricula, instructions on how to create an interdisciplinary field and policy team, as well as what data to collect to demonstrate the impact of policing tactics on crime, harm and disorder.

GREG MULLEN served as Police Chief of Charleston, South Carolina from 2006 until he retired in 2017. Mullen created a Responsible Hospitality Group comprised of members of the hospitality and retail industries to help identify key concerns and areas for improvement in the City’s growing nightlife, festivals and special events. Greg Mullen serves as an RHI Senior Consultant.

 DESIGN OUT CRIME AND DISORDER IN NIGHTLIFE DISTRICTS

Date: Monday, February 19                      Time: 3:15 - 5:00 pm               Type: Learning Laboratory

Macarena Rau Vargas
Chair
International CPTED Association

CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) has a track record of success for 30 years in 20 countries. Traditionally applied to residential neighborhoods, CPTED principles are now being explored in urban nightlife environments. Macarena Rau will share her experience of applying CPTED to entertainment districts in Latin America with high rates of narco-violence.

Macarena Rau is an architect, Magister and PHD (C) in Architecture and Urbanism with wide experience leading urban and public safety projects and initiatives in Chile, Latin America and the Caribbean. She is the current chair of the International Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Association. Macarena Rau Vargus serves as an RHI Senior Consultant.

 NIGHTLIFE SAFETY IN THE BIG APPLE: THE NYC APPROACH

Date: Tuesday, February 20                      Time: 9:00 to 10:30 am               Type: Learning Laboratory

Paul Seres
RHI Board
Founding Trustee
New York City Hospitality Alliance

Natives and visitors to New York City have high expectations for the city’s nightlife experience. The behind-the-scenes management of nightlife safety also has to be top-notch. Find out how the NYPD and hospitality businesses forged a partnership to keep nightlife patrons safe. You’ll get an overview of the following resources:

  • Best practice guides for nightlife businesses (three volumes released thus far)
  • Training curriculum to prevent sexual harassment and assault
  • Training video on terrorism and active shooters in a nightlife venue

This presentation will showcase lessons learned in this historic partnership and offer tips on how to build trust and promote safety strategies among hospitality businesses.

Paul Seres owns and operates nightlife venues and restaurants in Manhattan and is a founding trustee of the New York City Hospitality Alliance. Seres is active in collaborating with NYPD and community organizations in promoting best practices on safety and security. Paul serves on RHI's board of directors.

 Crowd Management: The New Orleans Approach

Date: Tuesday, February 20                                Time: 9:00 to 10:30 am                                         Type: Learning Laboratory

Nicholas L. Gernon
Commander
New Orleans Police Department

NEW ORLEANS KNOWS HOW TO HOST FESTIVALS and manage nightlife districts. Commander Gernon will share New Orleans' approach to deployment and coordination of resources to manage crowds, preserving the controlled chaos with quick response to any threats to safety and property.

  • Coordination of police resources to match dynamic social activity
  • Strategic deployment of bollards to prevent terrorist attacks
  • Collaborative alliance with private security service
  • Managing impacts from closed street and public alcohol consumption

This session will be an open forum. Bring you city's experience and challenges.

Commander Gernon oversees police services for the historic French Quarter and Central Business District in downtown New Orleans. His 14-year NOPD career includes stints as Commander of the Homicide Division and Assistant Commander of the Sixth District. He is a Leadership Police Organizations (LPO) instructor and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of New Orleans..

 THANKS TO OUR PROMOTIONAL PARTNERS FOR PUBLIC SAFETY

The Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) has partnered with RHI since the 2015 Leadership Summit in Los Angeles. This year, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement and International CPTED Association join us.

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