Four new CitySafe Community Officers have been appointed to help keep people safe between midnight and 4am now that a one-way-door system has been introduced to bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants in the central city.
23/04/2015 10:25 a.m.
Four new City Safe Community Officers have been appointed to help keep people safe between midnight and 4am now that a one-way-door system has been introduced to bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants in the central city.
The new rule aims to put an end to the fights, assaults and other crime that used to break out after 1am when intoxicated people were moving from bar to bar.
Under the new one-way-door system, anyone who is in a bar at 1am can stay there until closing, but if they leave they will not be allowed back in there, or into any other business of that type for the rest of the night.
Council, CBD business people, Hospitality NZ representatives, taxi companies, the Police and District Health Board have all taken part in discussions around the new system.
“They raised that there could be a few teething problems at the beginning when people who left drinking spots realised they could not just wander back or off to another one, so we have been keen to ensure some safety systems are in place,” said WDC Group Manager District Living, Paul Dell.
He said Northern District Security have been contracted to provide four new City Safe Community Officers who will be working weekends from midnight to 4am.
“The idea is to have CitySafe guardians capable of educating people about the bylaw, and of enforcing it, to keep this vibrant part of the city safe.
“They are trained to respond appropriately to anything that requires immediate attention, which will further increase the public perception of safety within the inner city.”
Community Safety Officer David Palmer said people would be able to identify the officers by their new uniforms.
“Hoki and Gail, will remain our City Safe Community Officers during the day, and Hoki will also be present during the first two weeks to provide assistance and support for the new Community Officers.