‘Tackling anti-social behaviour and creating a safer night time economy’ - Hackney’s Borough-wide Pubwatch
Hackney’s four pubwatch schemes will be brought together to discuss safety in the night time economy at Hackney Council’s boroughwide pubwatch event.
The event, which takes place on 20 November at Hackney Town Hall, will provide licensees from across the borough with the opportunity to speak to services a range of Council services and the Met Police. Licensees will also be able to hear from Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Policy and the Voluntary Sector Cllr Caroline Selman, Night Czar Amy Lamé, and Met Police Superintendent Martin Rolston.
The event will mark the launch of Hackney’s new night time safety charter, Hackney Nights. Venues who sign-up to the charter will receive a toolkit and training on safety in night time spaces, delivered by Good Night Out, who work with licensed premises to prevent harassment on nights out.
Training, resources and additional police presence will be funded by the Late Night Levy, which is paid for by local late-night licensed venues to contribute towards policing and management of late night alcohol-related crime and disorder.
Hackney Council will also be working with City of London Council and Good Night Out to deliver night time safety public-awareness campaigns, which will centre on developing an inclusive and safer night time economy, through promoting and encouraging existing good practice whilst all the time having a robust and targeted police and council presence on the streets.
This is just some of the many ways that Hackney’s Late Night Levy is helping create a safer night time economy and protecting local residents from crime and antisocial behaviour. Other initiatives include addition to extra police resources throughout the year and initiatives such as the ongoing Operation Lagana.
Hackney is proud to be home to some of the most famous nightlife destinations in the UK, and it’s key that we work collaboratively with partners to ensure that our night time economy is safe, inclusive and well managed.
The work that we’re doing with the Met Police, City of London, and Good Night Out, through enforcement, training for licensed premises and public-awareness campaigns, is an excellent example of how the Late Night Levy is being used, alongside additional police resource, to help promote a safe night time economy and protect local residents from crime and antisocial behaviour.
We look forward to bringing together Council services, the Met Police, licensees and other key local partners at our boroughwide pubwatch event to further discuss the actions that we’re taking to ensure a safe and respectful night time economy for all of our residents.
This is a great example of how the Late Night Levy is being used to protect our residents, communities and nightlife spaces from antisocial behaviour and crime. Hackney has a fantastic nightlife, and it’s key that we strike a balance between supporting our late night venues to thrive and ensuring a safe night time for all.