NIGHTLIFE POLICING: A HOW TO GUIDE

 Public Safety and Policing in Nightlife Districts is a comprehensive guide based upon a decade of research among police departments worldwide. Access strategies on how to select, train and deploy officers, as well as create inter-agency partnerships for nightlife. Below are the top ten tips for nighttime public safety:

  1. Select appropriate officers based on experience and character
  2. Offer incentives to recruit officers who want to work in nightlife
  3. Deploy dedicated officers to build trust and promote consistency
  4. Provide specialized training on alcohol regulations, crisis intervention, etc.
  5. Assign staff to participate in an inter-agency Public Safety Team
  6. Develop clear procedures for use of technology (e.g. BWCs, ID Scanners)
  7. Apply CPTED and SARA to the nightlife district
  8. Collect and assess safety data to make data-driven deployment decisions
  9. Be vigilant and proactive in preparation for active shooter and terrorism threats
  10. Foster support and compliance rather than enforcement and punishment of businesses

A GUIDE FOR COLLEGE COMMUNITIES

This FREE online, interactive guide is an awareness raising tool about unique nightlife challenges faced by college communities. Just complete a short survey to access the guide with case studies, news reports and innovative strategies.

WHAT'S NIGHTLIFE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

Student behavior off-campus matters. In fact, what happens at house parties and nightlife venues can have a ripple effect in your community, especially if a student is injured, assaulted or dies.

Poorly planned and managed nightlife with a rowdy reputation can have a direct impact on colleges/universities and the broader community.

The Sociable City Guide for College Communities provides additional background and collection of case studies and promising practices for each.

SHARE YOUR STRATEGIES AND PRACTICES

  • Survey on Public Safety Data Collection: This survey asks what data is collected specific to crime, harm and disorder in your nightlife districts. Your response will demonstrate how agencies collect and use specific information for more effective, data-driven nightlife policing.
  • Survey on Policing Operations related to Officer Selection, Training and Deployment: An emerging specialty in policing is establishing a dedicated hospitality/entertainment unit requiring specific selection criteria and customized training. This survey requests information on your department’s approach to selection and training.

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