The 'Best Bar None' Awards Scheme was developed in December 2005 to target alcohol fuelled violence, disorder and anti social behaviour by working closely with the licensed trade to generate high standards and professionalism in terms of responsible sale of alcohol.
The 'Best Bar None' Awards Scheme delivers an annual process aimed at recognising licensed venues which work towards creating a safer environment for their staff and customers by adopting processes and procedures which are recognised nationally as being best practice.
The scheme is steered through a partnership involving Glasgow City Centre Alcohol Action Group, Glasgow Community & Safety Services, Strathclyde Police, Scottish Late Night Operators Association and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association.
You can find out more about last years scheme by following the link below
Nite Zones are designated and customised taxi ranks provided in addition to the large number of standard ranks operating throughout the city. They have been customise to provide a safe exit from the city centre after a night socialising in the licensed and other premises that make up the area. GCSS currently operate 3 Nite Zones in the city centre and one in Byres Road, in the city's west end. City Centre Zones are situated at Sauchiehall Street, Gordon Street and Albion Street.
These zones are supported with funding and operate through a partnership approach. GCSS provide Taxi Marshals who ensure a safe environment whilst waiting on a taxi. They are responsible to ensure the queue is orderly and moves quickly and to assist each person into the taxi and notify the driver of the destination. The marshals also look out for vulnerable females to ensure that they get taken straight home by a licensed / radio taxi. Only licensed vehicles can present at the rank and TOA provide a marshal who is in constant contact with their central control to ensure taxi's service the rank as a priority.
They are supported by the police as part of the city centre policing plan which provides approximately 150 officers into the city centre at weekends in the evenings. Nite Zones also benefit from additional lighting and are supplied with a free radio from the Night Digital Radio Network operated by GCSS. This ensures additional communication with Public Space CCTV that covers each of the three zones and provides alive link to all the night oworkers on the system including the Public Space CCTV monitoring centre.
GCSS introduced this pilot initiative in October 2010. It has over 80 users (clubs, pubs and restaurants) communicating on a set digital radio channel on issues of anti-social behaviour, crime and disturbances.
Communication is managed by GCSS control centre at the Westergate building in the city centre and also from the Public Space CCTV monitoring centre. A range of partners operating in the night time economy including Police, Taxi Marshals, First Bus and the Street Pastors are included in the system which means information is shared between them as well as on a one to one basis where necessary. This reduces the risk to persons in the City Centre that may become victim of crime and anti social behaviour and provides for an early intervention approach to those wishing to perpetrate it.
Premises can radio for assistance and obtain immediate CCTV coverage as well as a response from officers in the vicinity. It also enables individuals expelled or refused entry to a premises to be encouraged to leave the area as their identification is shared and where one venue on the network doesn't permit access the others will usually follow suit. Young women are a particular focus for the premises on the network who often call for the assistance of a street pastor or for cctv where they spot a vulnerable person leaving or outside their premises.
This organisation works in partnership with GCSS and the Police assisting those visiting the City Centre on Friday and Saturday nights to ensure that they do get into situations where their safety in compromised and that they have a method of getting home safely.
Street Pastors are volunteers trained extensively to patrol the streets, assisting individuals by providing care or information and carrying help items such as flip flop shoes and foil blankets. They assist people in danger or distress and often tackle low level anti social behaviour where they can calm situations and stop incidents escalating. They support many vulnerable young women who are heavily under the influence of alcohol and sometimes other substances, and ensure their safe exit from the city. They will contact friends and relatives of vulnerable people and arrange to stay with them in a safe site until a responsible person can pick them up or until safe arrangements can be made with taxi drivers via the NiteZone marshals to ensure they are transported home safely.
They also see to minor accidents and will assist to sober individuals where necessary with tea/ coffee or water. Pastors are trained to spot potential dangerous situations that vulnerable people end up in without realising and to act to keep them safe. They use the Digital Night Radio Network to communicate regularly with all partners including licensed premises.