John Thayer: Author Showcase
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Nightlife and entertainment are the principal
catalysts of urban redevelopment and revitalization. Yet these
activities create unique challenges for public safety and strain
police resources. As timely and ground-breaking as
the day it was published, John Thayer and Blair Berkley’s
research paper, “Policing Entertainment Districts” was released
in Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies
Now, John Thayer will review the results of
thirty police-manager interviews and a nationwide survey used to
identify entertainment-district features that create problems
and demands for police resources. This information was used to
develop effective strategies for policing entertainment
Learn from John Thayer how to effectively
engineer out problems, form a dedicated policing unit and train
personnel to ensure district safety with existing resources.
The philosophy that it is less costly and more
labor-effective to prevent problems before they occur
through planning, education, training and communication.
Crime Prevention Through
Environmental Design (CPTED): Find out how design
decisions made at the venue and district level are a
critical component of reducing risk.
Dedicated Unit: The
backbone of effective entertainment policing, a dedicated
unit can prevent problems through communication with venues,
presence on the street and specialized training.
Officer Selection & Unit
Structure: Learn how to select officers for the
dedicated unit and how to optimally structure the unit for
your hospitality zone.
Special Deployment Strategies
for specific areas or events can help deescalate
unruly crowds prior to the onset of fights.
will be shared from police departments
across the nation to provide insight into useful tactics,
tools and ordinances.
Crowd Management strategies
to diffuse tensions when large crowds gather.
Holistic public safety requires communication and
coordination between a variety of city stakeholders.
Co-Author, Research Paper:
Policing Entertainment Districts
John Thayer is a nationally recognized
expert on community policing, special event management and
public safety planning. Mr. Thayer retired as a senior
manager with the Santa Barbara California Police Department. He
is now an entertainment zone consultant in the private and
public sector, and has worked with several major cities to
address public safety issues in popular entertainment
districts. Read More