The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has joined with organisations across the county to support an Evening and Night-Time Economy training event.

Held in Sheffield, the event brought together partners including local council staff; the Security Industry Association; bar and door staff; and the South Yorkshire Police GRIP team, which carries out intensive patrolling and police activity in violence hotspot areas, including in the Evening and Night-Time Economy.

The event was held to provide training and advice for staff working in bars, pubs, and clubs, as well as strengthening partnerships between key organisations.

The event forms part of the ongoing work to address issues and improve safety for people on nights out.

This work has included previous training events, and the establishment of a Countywide Information Sharing Group to improve knowledge sharing and strengthen links between different groups in South Yorkshire.

Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit said: “Improving safety in the Evening and Night-Time Economy is an important area of work for the Violence Reduction Unit, working with organisations across the county.

“Training events such as this have proved to be a useful forum in bringing together key partners.

“This sits alongside our other work in this area, including through our Countywide Information Sharing Group, and reflects the ambition to ensure that everyone in South Yorkshire can enjoy a night out safely.”

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner said: “As Police and Crime Commissioner, I want all residents to be safe and feel safe in South Yorkshire, including in our Evening and Night-Time Economy.

“This is not solely a task for the Police, and we have to recognise that partnership working is just as important in this area as it is in many others.

“That’s why events such as this one are important in improving our understanding of the issues faced, and helping to equip bar and door staff with the skills they need to keep people safe in that environment.”