A comprehensive guide based upon a decade of research and collection of common practices among police departments from throughout the world. This guide has ten sections highlighting nighttime public safety practices:

  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, sexual assault prevention, crisis intervention, etc.
  5. Assign staff to participate in an inter-agency Public Safety Team
  6. Develop clear procedures for utilizing 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

Presentation to Major Cities Chiefs ASSOC

On January 26, 2018 RHI President, Jim Peters, presented a summary of the Public Safety and Policing in Nightlife Districts Sociable City Guide at a meeting of the Major Cities Chiefs Association in Long Beach, California.

View the presentation highlights.


  • 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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