Police train club staff to prevent sex attacks

Nightclub staff are being recruited to help prevent sexual violence. Picture: Rob McDougall
Nightclub staff are being recruited to help prevent sexual violence. Picture: Rob McDougall
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NIGHT club staff are to receive police training in a bid to identify scenarios in their venues that could progress to sexual violence.

Everyone from glass collectors to managers at City and Canvendish nightclubs will take part in a one-hour session - dubbed ‘Bringing in the Bystander’ - run by the Force’s Violence Reduction Unit.

The training was developed by the specialist unit and employs sequences from a film originally produced in New Zealand. It aims to raise awareness of sexual violence and show how those working in the night-time economy have a clear role in its prevention.

Chief Inspector Graham Goulden said: “We can all play a part in preventing sexual violence. Pubs and clubs are part of the solution, they are our allies here. This is a great opportunity for the media to see us working with out partners in the industry for the benefit of everyone.”