Tomorrow night, Saturday 8 December, our South East Partnerships and Interventions team and Thames Valley Police will be calling at Reading’s top student pubs and clubs. They will share best-practice guidance on safer physical intervention for door supervisors as a reminder of how to keep their clients and themselves safe.
The aims of the event are to promote the importance of safer restraint and reduce any possible violence during the festive season.
The initiative marks the Reading launch of a campaign to improve students’ safety during the Christmas party season. Our team will share a poster and leaflets on Safer Physical Intervention for Door Supervisors with four top student pubs. It features guidance and illustrations of best practice for safer restraint. This is intended as a quick reminder for Door Supervision licence holders and relates to the training they received in physical intervention.
Kevin Young, our Regional Investigations Manager, South Region, says that the initiative is a positive way to promote safer working practices at venues that are likely to encounter violence.
We want students and young people to have a great night out and go home this Christmas unharmed. It also ensures the safety of the licensed door supervisors who work at these venues, the majority of whom do a very good job in challenging circumstances. This builds on an existing partnership between ourselves and Thames Valley Police to reduce the levels of violence as a result of alcohol consumption at Reading’s nightspots.”
In addition the campaign seeks to persuade businesses and door supervisors in Reading’s night time economy to report incidents to the police so that we can get an accurate picture of the level of violence that takes place against students and door supervisors. Incidents can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or via our website.
The *National Crime Statistics reveals that victims of assault are usually male (2.1% compared with 1.3% of women) and they account for a larger proportion of victims of violence with injury (53% compared with women at 47%) and they are aged between 16–24. Incidents of violence increases when alcohol is involved.
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