The Association of Business Crime Partnerships (ABCP) is the body that certifies and oversees the operation of over 300 Business Crime Reduction Partnerships nationally. Brighton & Hove BCRP - the UK's largest - gained two awards at the recent ABCP National Awards ceremony in Elstree.
Brighton & Hove won first prize in the category of Managing the Night Time Economy and won a highly commended citation for Promoting Community Safety for its work in London Road.
Nigel Liddell the BCRP NightSafe Manager said, "This award reflects all the hard work of the BCRP members and that of our partner agencies from police to door staff in contributing to the nationally recognized “Yellow Card” exclusion scheme. This intelligence gathering scheme has had a dramatic effects on reducing crime and disorder in Brighton & Hove. The scheme has now been brought to prominence nationally as a bench mark of good practice for all Business Crime Reduction Partnerships in the UK.”
Chief Inspector Simon Nelson - Operations Team, Brighton and Hove Division of Sussex Police added, “Alcohol-related violence remains an ongoing challenge, particularly as a result of changing drinking routines. The BCRP are an integral part of the partnership that manages the night time economy and the intelligence we share allows us to direct our activities to the places and persons who present the highest risk”.
“The support and direction we have offered to the trade has resulted in a 15% drop in assaults on licensed premises over the past year and I am confident that the partnership will drive this down further. Working with the venues to encourage responsible business will help to ensure they prosper during a challenging economic period, while our city centre remains safe and diverse.'
“The city's Business Crime Reduction Partnership has evolved into an effective information and intelligence sharing network which enables all its members and public agencies to make a real difference for residents, customers and visitors. Through regular contact across the radio network, briefings, weekly operational meetings with the police, as well as regular personal visits, all are better informed as to who is regularly committing crime or likely to hurt others in the city. There is clear evidence that some persons of particular interest to us have moved away from the city as a result of the close attention they received, and the awards appropriately recognise the efforts made by the BCRP management and all of the members, which have proved so effective.”
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