For some years now Derby City Council has been held up across the country as an example of how to manage the “night time economy”, developing partnerships and working closely with the Police, Rangers, Taxi marshals, pubs and other venues to keep people safe on a night out. Now, the wealth of expertise and experience in the city is being utilised to develop an even stronger day time economy for the city.
Beginning in May, the council changed the way it manages the city during the day and introduced daytime active CCTV monitoring, improved digital radio communications and two dedicated Public Protection Officer’s in the city centre. Combining these elements and working closely with partners Derby City SNT, the BID’s, INTU, Shopwatch and the Partnership Engagement and Enforcement Programme (PEEP) has produced immediate results.
Led by Derby City Council and Derbyshire police, PEEP was set up to target resources towards an increase of anti-social behaviour in the city centre. As well as the Police and BID’s, the partnership includes treatment providers, outreach workers; homeless charities, accommodation providers and the probation service. Regular meetings between all involved identify those people involved in visible, on-street problematic substance misuse and antisocial behaviour in the city and refer them to the scheme.
Better communication with partner organisations has also enabled us to take action against people breaking the law or causing a nuisance within the city centre. For example, some individuals were seen trespassing on rooftops and the team were able to track them and guide Officers, who were able to apprehend them moments after they came down and in another case the CCTV team were able to co-ordinate a police response to a report from a member of the public to a man carrying a knife who was subsequently safely arrested.
The PPO’s were also involved rescuing and resuscitating a person attempting to commit suicide.
The officers encountered a male sitting on the side of Derwent St and were able to stabilise his breathing and then call emergency services, who arrived within minutes.
The work on the daytime economy hasn’t hindered the effectiveness of the teams working to keep people safe on a night out in Derby. The council is delighted that for the 5th consecutive year Derby has been awarded the much coveted and prestigious international ATCM Purple Flag accreditation for its city centre night-time economy.
Continuing to protect Derby’s Purple Flag status is a key priority and is symbolic that Derby offers an entertaining place which is diverse, safe and provides an enjoyable night out. Derby is one of more than 70 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland to have been recognised for outstanding services on offer contributing to a diverse and vibrant night-time economy.
The Assessors praised the city and Derby was referenced as an example in the Mayor of London’s “Improving Places” and Heritage Counts reports. In addition, they noted promised investment in public realm and transforming the Market Hall show forward thinking and commitment to Derby as a whole. Derby has a 24/7 leisure culture with appeal for every taste and age. Derby’s appeal continues to grow.
Visitors to the city will recognise taxi marshals and streets pastors for their proactive and friendly approach as well as the number of partnership staff helping to produce an overall safe and friendly ambience to our night time economy.
As in the day time, the improvements to radio and CCTV systems have also aided partnership responses to reports of crime or disorder and improving public safety.
Cllr Chris Poulter, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Strategy and Policy said:
“I’m delighted that we have once again received our Purple Flag accreditation. It’s a credit to the work of the team and the success our partnerships.
“The changes in the day time policy are also very encouraging. Daytime CCTV monitoring is in its early stages but this has been a very positive start. We will continue to work to make best use of the resources we have available to help make Derby an even safer place to live, work and visit. “
Richard Wormsley, Street Pastor Co-ordinator said:
“The Street Pastors offer our congratulations on the award of the Purple Flag. It is testament to the work of all the partners who seek the peace and prosperity of Derby.”
Atlas Enforcement, supplier of Taxi Marshal’s said:
“The Purple Flag recognizes the importance of safety of the general public wanting to enjoy the vast array of night life such as, restaurants, pubs and clubs available within the Night time Economy. The Taxi Marshals have positively contributed to wellbeing of the general public by creating a secure and friendly environment for all those that wait for their licenced Hackney Taxi to assist them in returning home safely. We have been pleased to participate in the accreditation process and is delighted that Derby City Council has retained this prestigious Purple Flag award.”