Nigel Liddell provides an overview of a typical Friday night for the NightSafe Manager.
My shift begins and I generally work up to as late as midnight. Today I begin with a meeting with Kent Police Medway who are visiting to see how we run things in Brighton & Hove in terms of the Night-time economy. The brighton & Hove BCRP is the largest Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) in the country with well over 400 members, 250 of which are licensed premises encompassing everything from night clubs to bars and off-licenses.
We supply a radio system that connects all members to each other, to security companies and the police and we operate an exclusion notice scheme which currently has over 50 people banned from all premises on the scheme.
Our members report incidents of anti-social behaviour to the BCRP office and if an offender is involved in two or more incidents they will receive a 12 month ban. Members can access our secure, password-protected website to obtain photographs of the offenders who are currently excluded. Most incidents reported to the BCRP NightSafe office are alcohol related.
I deal with some appeals from offenders who wish to have their bans lifted. The conversation often runs “yes I did have too much to drink and I did punch the doorman but I won’t do it again. I am very inconvenienced at the moment because I cannot go out with my friends.” I reply to all such requests and inform them that a decision will be made regarding their appeal via the BCRP Executive which is made up of a representative group of the BCRP membership.
I go to John Street Police Station to join in the briefing for all the officers who will be patrolling the city tonight. I will update them on any particular troublemakers or any issues that have been fed back to me by the members. The police are made aware of the people who are currently serving 12 month exclusions and particular individuals who are breaching their exclusions and continue to be anti-social.
I will visit members in West Street, particularly the off-licenses and some of the late night takeaways. Alcohol related anti-social behaviour is a problem for the staff that work in these places; I encourage them to report any incidents to the BCRP or the police officers that work on the beat on Friday and Saturday nights, so that we can get these people banned.
I attend the door supervisor briefing on West Street. All the door staff working in the city centre attend the meeting to receive a 15 minute briefing from me and the police covering information about the previous week and any particular intelligence the police may wish to share i.e. a football match and away supporters who may be coming into the city that night. I will collect incident reports regarding offenders from the previous week, most incidents of anti-social behaviour are driven by alcohol.
I attend the door supervisor briefing for the St James's Street area. All the door staff working in the area attend the meeting to receive a 15 minute briefing from me and the police covering information about the previous week and any particular intelligence the police may wish to share.
If I’m lucky I finish work by 10.30 p.m. but often I will carry on into the early hours if required. Last week I went to a pub to take a statement from a doorman who was attacked by two men who were intent on causing a fight. I take the details of the individuals involved and will seek to ban them if the BCRP receives a second complaint about their behaviour.
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