Workshops

Showcasing Solutions and Alliances for Nighttime Public Safety

The goal of the Summit is to introduce new paridigms of public safety and policing nightlife districts. The general sessions offer insights to emerging trends and challenges, while the workshops provide more techical problem solving strategies.

Most demonstrate the importance of building collaborative alliances with non-traditional partners. Each session will allow you an opportunity to share your experience while gathering tools and building new alliances for the future.

Monday, February 29 - 11:00 am

 

Alan J. Fierstein
President
Acoustilog, Inc.

Bio

 Bryant Tan

Bryant Van
President

San Francisco Entertainment Commission 

Bio

What's That Sound?

Residents moving into downtown mixed used districts, where day, evening and late-night activity generates sounds from many sources, could be disturbed, especially in the early morning hours. Whether from increased traffic, street maintenance, trash pick-up, sidewalk cleaning or equipment on rooftops, controlling many sources of sound can be difficult.

One area of conflict that is often a focal point is sound from nightlife venues, especially with entertainment and outdoor seating. This workshop will explore the techology of sound and policies and practices to mitigate tension  between residents and venues:

  • Conducting a sound audit of a venue to identify solutions for reducing sound

  • Application review process to verify sound management strategies with entertainment and outdoor space.

  • Construction standards for new residential or nightlife venue to mitigate sound impacts

  • Conflict resolutoin systems

 

Brad Krevor

Brad Krevor
President

Responsible Retailing Forum

Bio

 W Gill Woodall

W. Gill Woodall
Emeritus Professor of Communication
University of New Mexico

Bio

Community-Based Alcohol Responsibility System

 An innovative approach based upon feedback from young, legal-age mystery shoppers has significantly improved age-verification for alcohol sales and service by retailers and on-premises serving establishments. A similar approach is now being developed to address over-service and over-consumption, based upon “pseudo-intoxicated” mystery shopper feedback. These voluntary compliance programs are being incorporated into the alcohol compliance and regulatory programs of cities and towns.

Training Cannabis Sellers in Responsible Sales Practices

 As states begin to legalize cannabis for recreational use, concern from many quarters has been raised about how recreational cannabis will be regulated.  One way to regulate cannabis sales is at the point of sale: to train those who sell cannabis in responsible and informed sales techniques. Reported in this presentation are the results of a National Institutes of Health funded project to develop and determine the feasibility of an online training program for responsible cannabis sales practices.  Project results and a beta version of the online training program will be presented.


Christopher Roberts

Christopher Roberts
Captain
Columbia Police Department

Bio

 Kenneth Petereit

Kenneth Petereit
Sergeant
Tourism & Entertainment Policing Unit
College Station Police Department

Bio

Building Trust and Productive Relations in College Communities

College Station is the home of Texas A & M University and hosts an entertainment district directly across the street from the university campus. Initial approaches, including inconsistent deployment and heavy-handed enforcement, were unpopular with the public and ineffective at impacting crime rates. The College Station Tourism & Entertainment Policing Unit was established as a dedicated unit to address the specific needs of entertainment venues and the district overall. Interested officers who are selected for the unit undergo training in tourism-oriented policing and the bicycle response team.  

Officers and commanders in Columbia, SC’s 5 Points entertainment district embrace a guardian mindset to build public trust and legitimacy. The number of officers both on duty and off have been decreased to reduce the appearance of a visible “police state” while also being fiscally responsible with taxpayer money. The officers who are assigned to the district are strategically refocused into a majority guardian mindset as opposed to a majority Warrior mindset. Patrons and businesses are less intimidated, generating more positive interactions with officers. In essence, the police, business community and consumers are happy with the new philosophy and approach.

Monday, February 29 - 3:00 pm


Tina Lee-Vogt

Tina Lee-Vogt
Program Manager
City of Sacramento Code Compliance

Bio

 Lane Polete

Lane Polete
Sergeant
Sacramento Police Department

Bio

Structuring a Compliance Strategy for Change

In the early 2000's, the City of Sacramento's growing nightlife generated criminal activity that over-burdened police resources. In response, the city adopted an Entertainment Permit Ordinance and established the police department's Entertainment Team to enact a proactive and collaborative approach to nightlife management. The city's entertainment permit program represents a partnership between multiple city departments, business improvement districts, and permit holders to ensure public safety and support success of entertainment venues. The results exceeded expectations. Not only has there been a 54% reduction in major crimes in and around entertainment districts, there is now a positive and cooperative relationship between the city and permit holders to proactively resolve issues.

  • How to shift to a “we" vs. "them" approach to achieve mutually beneficial solutions to enhance public safety.

  • Strategies to facilitate venue compliance with clear and specific operating conditions, as well as administrative penalties in lieu of voluntary compliance.

  • How to work with community and business stakeholders to address diverse needs and interests.

  • Content of training sessions that address security deployment, gang member recognition, false ID detection, crowd control and other public safety concerns.

 

Raphael Clemente
Executive Director
West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority

Bio

Willie Perez

Willie Perez
Regional Security Director
Professional Security Consultants

Bio

 

Rusty Worley
Executive Director
Downtown Springfield Association

Bio

Building Alliances for Safety

As police budgets get tighter, new alliances are necessary to build a safer and more securte nightlife district. Business Improvement Districts (BID) and similar business district management organizations are taking on additional responsibilities to extend service hours or work with police and other agencies to dedicate resources on education, policy improvements and public space security.

This workshop will feature two city approaches.

  • West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority contracts with a professional security company to manage evening and late-night crowd control, maintain communication with venues and free police resources to be directed at crime prevention and intervention.

  • Springfield's Hospitality Resource Panel (HRP) is a collaborative alliance working to anticipate trends in downtown, work with community organizations and elected officials to update zoning regulations and licensing policy, and mediate conflicts that arise.

 

Heather Marley

Heather Martley
Officer
Portland Police Bureau

Bio

 Rob Simon

Rob Simon
Sergeant
Portland Police Bureau

Bio

Graham Lancaster Director Sales and Marketing
Servall Biometrics  


Technology in Nightlife Districts

Technology is increasingly being used as a tool for public safety and security in nightlife districts. Expanding use of body cameras and street surveilance systems capture incdients to reconstruct events for crime analysis and accountability.

  • Citizen cameras are also being deployed and in some cases present challenges to effective and responsive policing and public relations. Portland will present lessons learned, strategic response and effective use of citizen camera patrols.

  • Nightlife venues are also using technology to prevent underage service, identify problem patrons and provide data to police in the event of a crime or disruptive incident. Servall Biometrics ID scanning system integrates information for venue operators to improve security at the door, while connecting with other venues in a districts to share information about disruptive patrons.

Tuesday, March 1 - 10:45 am


Randy Villines
Deputy Fire Chief
Springfield Fire Department

Bio

 Greg Higdon

Greg Higdon
Captain
Springfield Police Department

Bio

Kannu Sahni  

Kannu Sahni
Director of Community Relations
University of Pittsburgh

Bio

 

Maintaining Order in Apartments and Residential Neighborhoods

Downtown loft apartments have been the source of numerous alcohol-related violations. Springfield police partnered with fire marshals and property owners to curtail underage access to alcohol, overcrowding and peace disturbances in house party settings.

There are 135,000 students enrolled in Pittsburgh's downtown colleges and universities. An increasing number live off-campus in older residential neighborhoods, creating conflicts and demands on administrators and elected officials to do something to maintain quality of life and safety.

This workshop will present strategies with these takeaways.

  • Effectively address cyclical downtown issues beyond enforcement.

  • Partner with fire department and property owners to address house parties.

  • Steps to minimize overcrowding and peace disturbance violations.

  • Learn how community "Block Parties" create a unique forum for students and residents to meet as neighbors

  • Strategies to maintian on-going communication among residential organizations, higher education administrators, municipal and college police departments to anticipate cyclical challenges in college communities.

  • Establishing local policy to manage underage drinking

 

Jennifer Gaffney
Deputy Chief, Sex Crimes Unit
New York County District Attorney

Bio

 

 Paul Seres

Paul Seres
Founding Trustee
New York City Hospitality Alliance

Bio

Robert Corbett
Lieutenant
New York City Police Department

Bio

Saswati Sarkar Assistant Director of Prevention Programs, New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault 

Bio

Best Practices and Training Address Sexual Assault and Terrorism

Among the most urgent challenges confronting nightlife venues in urban districts are sexual assault prevention and counterrorism. New York City can certainly cliam to be at the epicenter of these issues.

This workshop will feature programs being developed and deployed through a collaborative partnership among the New York City Hospitality Alliance, New York City Policing Department, the New York County District Attorney and the New York Alliance Against Sexual Assault.

  • New York City Hospitality Alliance Best Practices Guides

  • Sexual Assault Prevention Training for Nightlife Venues

  • Counterterrorism Training and Response to an Active Shooter

  • Working with Nightlife Venues in Sexual Assault Case Prosecution

 

Sara Berns

Sara B Berns
Executive Director
Discover Pacific Beach

Bio

 

 VJ Smith

VJ Smith
National President and Local Founder
 Minneapolis
MAD DADS

Bio



Community-Centered Solutions to Manage Quality of Life

Pacific Beach is a vibrant beach community, active entertainment destination, and home to the largest Business Improvement District in the City of San Diego. Largely a single family residential area, there is ongoing friction between residents and the business sector due to the large influx of nighttime visitors every weekend. Discover Pacific Beach developed various proactive approaches to intervene with and prevent nightlife challenges, including a community court. This restorative justice program is a pre-filing court that addresses infraction-level crime such as open containers and public urination, and provides a forum for education, community input and community service. Offenders meet with members of the community and discuss how quality of life crimes affect the neighborhood, as well as engage in a four-hour community service project in the area where the crime took place. This community-centered solution has an extremely low recidivism rate and is highly supported by residents, businesses, law enforcement and judicial institutions.

  •  How to analyze quality of life crimes in your neighborhood to determine the most appropriate strategies.

  • How to establish partnerships between the community and government.

  • Learn if restorative justice is a tool that could work in your community.

  • Engaging residents to educate the business community and nightlife patrons about how quality of life challenges affect the broader community.

  • Promoting collective responsibility amongst businesses through a Hospitality Task Force.

Workshops provide an opportunity for you to build a strong network of resources!

The Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) is pleased to announce a second year partnership with the Major Cities Chiefs Association in presenting the Public Safety and Policing Nightlife Districts Leadership Summit.

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