Improving Night Time Safety

The City Centre BID has developed and delivers current initiatives to improve the management of the night time economy.

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The City Centre BID Safeguarding Marshals

Our two Safeguarding Marshals patrol each Friday and Saturday between midnight and 5:00am. Additional patrols are scheduled where necessary, such as Christmas or Bank Holiday weekends. They are a visible presence and engage with the city users, levy payers, the police and the Bristol Street Pastors who are also supported by the City Centre BID to enhance safety in the night-time economy.

Martin and Chris, our two Safeguarding Marshals, primarily cover the Triangle, Queen’s Road, Park Street, College Green, Frogmore Street, The Centre Promenade, Canon’s Road and Baldwin Street. Their main role is to be seen and to be available to help people who have become vulnerable while visiting the city centre venues by offering appropriate assistance and advice to them. They also report any issues or incidents to improve the night time economy and help to improve the environment by day and by night.

We believe that the Marshals and the Pastors are a great addition to the night time economy and are delivering an amazing assistance to the public and night time businesses every single weekend.

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Bristol Street Pastors

The City Centre BID proudly supports the amazing work of the Bristol Street Pastors. The team of volunteers patrol every Saturday and other busy nights, helping individuals who became vulnerable during the night time economy; The Pastors also collect and clean bottles or glass. They care and protect the city users to guaranty a safer night out.

They are always recruiting volunteers to keep this great work going, find out more in the link below.

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Operation Balsa

We have supported the promotion of increased police activity on the key issues affecting the night-time economy in the city centre. This activity, under the banner of Operation Balsa, is a great opportunity to help night-time businesses and the public and talk about topics such as drugs and knife crime, taxi safety, persistent begging, on-street anti social behaviour, sexual assault, water safety and theft…

All useful links are here

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Taxi Safety Campaign

We have worked with Avon & Somerset Constabulary, Bristol City Council Licensing, BLTA (Bristol Blue Licence Taxi Association) and Purple Flag to ensure all city users stay safe when using taxis and have plenty of information. Leaflets are available in key locations for all users and the police campaigned about this important topic every weekend.

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If you wish to get some printed information, please contact the City Centre BID Ambassadors:;

Bristol Purple Flag

The BID supports and helps to coordinate Bristol’s Purple Flag award, which was successfully renewed in 2018. This international accreditation recognises excellence against a set of standards representing a safe and diverse nightlife.

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Radio Net System

The scheme is used by 80+ businesses across the area, with retailers and mainly night time businesses equipped with a radio. Radio Net System is highly helping for communication and assistance, directly linked to the council’s control room, the police, the Safeguarding Marshals and Street Pastors. If you wish to sign up to the scheme, please contact our Ambassador James: 0771 552 3215