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Safeguarding Marshals

Our Bristol City Centre BID Safeguarding Marshals continue to keep people safe on a night out, support local businesses and aid the police. From midnight to 5am every Friday...

Our Bristol City Centre BID Safeguarding Marshals continue to keep people safe on a night out, support local businesses and aid the police.

From midnight to 5am every Friday and Saturday (as well as other busy nights over the Christmas period and Bank Holidays) they are on duty around Clifton Triangle, Queen’s Road, Park Street, College Green, Frogmore Street, The Centre Promenade, Canon’s Road and Baldwin Street, acting as a reassuring and helpful overnight presence, defusing tense situations and reporting and assisting with any incidents that occur. When police cease their street patrols around 3am, our Marshals are the only visible street presence.

Their work helps to create a safer and more desirable Bristol experience at night, with positive effects that enhance Bristol during the daytime too.

We’ve built some great relationships with businesses, police and the street pastors. It’s a good feeling knowing our work makes Bristol safer and friendlier.

Chris, Bristol City Centre BID Safeguarding Marshal
Updated: Thursday 4 June, 2020

Bristol City Centre BID Safeguarding Marshals on patrol to keep city safer

The Bristol City Centre BID Safeguarding Marshals are supporting businesses by keeping an eye on empty properties and business premises in the city centre as many businesses plan their safe return, and others continue remote working.

Since the city centre has been far quieter at night under the lockdown, the marshals have adapted their usual role to take on regular patrols of business premises through the night, supporting the police who have had additional frontline duties during the lockdown.

So far, they have found an insecure building, alerting both the police, who checked the premises using sniffer dogs, and the business. They have also identified and alerted police to incidents of anti-social behaviour and reported fly tipping of waste ensuring it was quickly cleared away. They walk an average of 22,000 steps, or just over 10 miles each night to keep the city safer.

Wearing bodycams and taking and sharing timed photographs of any potential causes of concern, the Safeguarding Marshals alert the police, the city’s Operations Centre, run by Bristol City Council, or contact the building’s occupier, depending on the circumstances.

Their presence and patrols act as a deterrent for criminal or antisocial behaviour whilst providing BID levy payers with much-needed reassurance that their premises are being regularly checked and any concerns swiftly reported and dealt with. Their time-stamped bodycam footage and photographs can also provide valuable intelligence and evidence for any police investigations.

Updated: Thursday 2 April, 2020

LOOKING AFTER UNOCCUPIED PROPERTY

Our Safeguarding Marshals will be patrolling on varying nights each week during the current crisis to provide a visible reassuring presence amongst the quiet streets of Bristol city centre.

They will act as the eyes and ears of the city over a key overnight period.

Acting as a reassuring and helpful presence, the Safeguarding Marshals will report on issues to the police, via the Council Operations Centre and Bristol City Centre BID team, to help safeguard empty commercial properties.

We are very grateful to the Council Operations Centre and the Avon & Somerset Police for their support of this initiative.