Working in partnership to reduce violence in Sheffield

Dozens of city centre security staff didn’t expect to be frisked by police officers when they attended the violent crime reduction workshop at Bramall Lane on Monday.

Frisking techniques and physical intervention skills were demonstrated in order to equip city centre licensed premises with the skills needed to make Sheffield safer at night in a bid to tackle local issues in the night-time economy.

The violent crime reduction workshop is the first of it’s kind nationally, was delivered during the inaugural meeting of partners from South Yorkshire Police, The Security Industry Authority (SIA) and Sheffield City Council. The training session focused on both national and local priorities where security staff received inputs on physical intervention skills, weapon search skills, identifying people who are vulnerable to sexual predators, at risk of child sexual exploitation and hate crime.

The overall aim to create a safe environment for the night-time economy community, it’s important to make the pubs, clubs and bars of South Yorkshire as safe a place as possible for the local population to enjoy a night out and encourage others to visit in the knowledge that they will be safe.

Sergeant, Louise Lambert, said: “This was a very positive workshop with door staff attending from across Sheffield. It was the first of it's kind nationally, supporting our priorities of reducing violent crime and a safer South Yorkshire. I hope that this will be the first of a number of similar events across the county.”

Detective Superintendent, Una Jennings said: “Equipping staff with the skills they need to detect and deal with individuals intent on causing harm, alongside identifying those most vulnerable, will be key to making our communities safer in South Yorkshire.”

“I would like to express thanks to PS Louise Lambert for organising the event. It is evidence of the breadth and depth of our approach to partnership working across the county as we together make our communities safer.”

Nigel Davies, Regional Investigation Manager, said: “The bespoke violence reduction workshop was an excellent example of targeted partner working, organised by the SIA, South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield City Council, being well attended by Door supervisors working in Sheffield City. The presentations covered a wide range of safeguarding and security issues, including  physical intervention refresher training and search training. A valuable opportunity for all to work together to make Sheffield a safer City.”