Working together to ensure a safe night out in Leamington
Over the past year Warwick District Council’s Community Safety Team has worked together with partners to implement several schemes to help combat violence against women and girls, as well as enhancing feelings of public safety.
In March this year, four of Leamington’s major licenced premises underwent training to become ‘Good Night Out’ accredited. Funding was provided by the office of Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and enabled staff from Smack, Neon, Moo and The Neighbourhood to attend sessions to better understand, respond to and prevent sexual harassment and assault within their venues.
In addition, Royal Leamington Spa Town Council provided funding for anti-spiking resources to be supplied to venues in the town in response to a rise in reported incidents. 15,000 anti-spiking drinks lids were purchased and distributed to pubs and clubs, with a further 15,000 supplied by Warwickshire Police to venues within the county.
Further work has also been undertaken in the town, with the installation of new emergency contact points across South Leamington and the upgrade of two other existing points, made possible through a partnership bid to the Home Office for Safer Streets round 3 funding. The call points offer a direct link to Warwick District Council’s CCTV control room which is monitored 24/7 by trained operators who can assist in emergency situations.