NEW Nighttime Safety Frameworks: SARA, CPTED and SOCIAL OCCUPANCY


Join an exploratory session on how contemporary policing techniques can be modified and applied to nightlife districts.

The SARA model (Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Evaluation) and CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environment Design) offer public safety officials, planners, and business owners a structured process to reduce and solve crime by being proactive and focused on prevention, while continually monitoring the current environment for emerging threats.

Adequate data is necessary for CPTED and SARA to be effective, though. An important metric for planning and managing nightlife is social occupancy. Instead of using the standard unit of measure for nightlife—outlet density—social occupancy instead focuses on the total combined occupancy of the social venues within a nightlife district i.e. how many people can potentially be inside of social venues at the same time? This number, coupled with people out on the street enjoying the “street party” is how many people may be out at closing time when all venues empty.

Thought Leaders Explore Unchartered Territory

Speakers will provide a brief overview of each concept (SARA, CPTED, Social Occupancy) then will engage the audience on the following topics:

  • How to apply SARA, CPTED and Social Occupancy to nightlife districts
  • Applying a systemic design approach to mapping, understanding and managing the larger system of the night-time economy to help cities better identify the tipping point between vibrancy and chaos
  • Examination of factors such as crowd density, geographic density, sidewalk design, lighting, policies and other harm-related factors.
  • Strategies to introduce these concepts to planning and police departments

Photo Uptown Dallas


jim peters
Responsible Hospitality Institute

Jim Peters is Founder and President of the Responsible Hospitality Institute  and oversees development of programs, events and publications. He is a global thought leader who offers comprehensive insights on trends and effective strategies on managing nighttime economies.

He is currently overseeing and administering a Global City Project in Dublin, Toronto and Cancun to develop a comprehensive approach to measure crime, harm, disorder and venue compliance in each city.

Macarena Rau Vargas
International CPTED Association

Macarena Rau Vargas is an architect and magister who leads urban public safety projects and initiatives in Chile, Latin America and the Caribbean. She is chair of the International Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Association (CPTED).

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is defined as a multi-disciplinary approach for reducing crime through urban and environmental design and the management and use of built environments.

In addition to her work with CPTED, she is building a Doctoral thesis on the SARA Model.

Darrell W Stephens
Darrel Stephens
Group LLC
Former Executive Director
Major Cities Chiefs Association

DarreLl Stephens served as the Executive Director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association from October 2010 to October 2017. During this time, he served as one of two technical advisors to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

He is an accomplished police executive with 50 years of experience in policing. In addition , he served as the City Administrator in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was the Executive Director of the Police Executive Research Forum where he collaborated on the development of the SARA model of analysis. In 2017 he received the Robert Peel Medal for Evidence-Based Policing.

Intrapreneur Strategic Design
Integrated Strategic Development
Edmonton, AB

Miki Stricker-Talbot is an Intrapreneur with the City of Edmonton, where she utilizes Social Innovation and Systemic Design in the creation of strategy and policy development. Miki has a deep interest in the night-time economy, and is currently completing a Masters Degree in Human Geography, investigating a Systemic Design approach to the understanding of entertainment areas. She believes that this approach can help cities design better interventions—and eventually new systems—to account for the differences in time-based needs between the day-time and night-time economies. This work is grounded in the concept of social occupancy, and Miki anticipates that it will help cities better identify and manage the tipping point between vibrancy and chaos.






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