Monday, February 29 - 11:00 am
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
Community-Based Alcohol Responsibility
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
Training Cannabis Sellers in Responsible
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.
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
Structuring a Compliance Strategy for
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
Content of training sessions that
address security deployment, gang member recognition,
false ID detection, crowd control and other public
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
This workshop will feature two city
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
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
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
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
Maintaining Order in Apartments and
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
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
Establishing local policy to
manage underage drinking
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
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
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.
responsibility amongst businesses through a Hospitality