Scheme which aims to improve safer socialising in Kent wins award
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Organisations in Kent have been recognised for their ongoing commitment in working together to keep the night-time economy safe across the county.
During 2022, Kent Police, working with local authorities introduced Best Bar None to all 13 districts, an accreditation scheme supported by the Home Office and drinks industry that aims to improve standards in the evening and night time economy.
It was originally piloted in Manchester to recognise and reward responsible premises and to improve operating standards.
On Tuesday 28 February 2023, at a UK-wide event held at the House Of Lords, Kent was announced as the winner of Best New Scheme for 2022.
Kent Police’s Crime Reduction manager Alan Dann, who has co-ordinated the introduction of the scheme countywide, said: ‘Each district of Kent is unique and has its own challenges within the night-time economy, however all of our Best Bar None teams are joined in the determination to keep communities safe.
‘By working with partner agencies and local licensees, through schemes such as Best Bar None, it can only be beneficial in reducing types of crime, such as violence against women and girls, while promoting the creation of safer environments for people to enjoy.
‘Together with our partners, Community Safety Units have worked hard to encourage bars, clubs and pubs to sign up to Best Bar None so it is great news their efforts have been recognised.’
Representatives from several of the county’s Best Bar None local schemes attended the event in light of the work carried out to promote safer socialising for the people of Kent.
By agreeing to join the scheme, licensees work closely with police, council and other businesses to reduce crime and keep their communities safe. They must also be able to demonstrate their competency in four key areas – venue management, staff training and care, customer safety and welfare, and customer service and community.
Kent Police Superintendent Pete Steenhuis said:‘The recognition given to Kent and Medway’s Best Bar None scheme is testament to all agencies within the Community Safety Partnership and their commitment to focus on what matters most to Kent’s communities.’