Pubs in Dover district recognised for keeping people safe
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Bars and pubs in Dover and Deal have been recognised for their work keeping people safe while socialising.
Kent Police and Dover District Council (DDC) held their 'Best Bar None' Awards at the District Council Chamber on Friday 1 December 2023.
Best Bar None is an accreditation scheme that has been introduced by Kent Police and Dover District Council, following a nationwide model approved by the Home Office.
Keeping people safe
The voluntary scheme sees safety standards put in place at pubs, clubs and bars with the aim of reducing alcohol-related crime and encouraging safety in the night-time economy.
District Police Commander Chief Inspector Keith Taylor and David Parratt, DDC Community Safety and Resilience Manager, presented venues with their awards and thanked them for their work.
The venues recognised were The Elephant and Hind, Dover; The Eight Bells, Dover; The Duchess, Dover; The Cricketers, Dover; The Sir Norman Wisdom, Deal and Queen Street Tap, Deal.
Chief Inspector Keith Taylor said: 'Keeping people safe, particularly women and girls, is the top priority of Kent Police and we will use every opportunity open to us to deliver this. 'A key part of this is working with partner agencies and licensed premises to make sure systems are in place to flag up and deal with any concerns raised. 'It is right that we recognise the work done by local businesses and it was great to meet publicans and staff at this event.'
Cllr Charlotte Zosseder, DDC Cabinet Member for Community, said: 'Dover District Council welcomes the recent Best Bar None accreditations issued. Best Bar None is an initiative supported by the Home Office and helps to identify well-run pubs, bars, clubs and other businesses that serve alcohol. 'The accreditation focuses on the safety of the customer and ensures appropriate training is in place for staff to support customers and taking positive steps to reduce noise and other effects on the community.'