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Monday, September 19, 2011


2011 Edition Adds New Section on Counterterrorism Best Practices and Prevention of Sexual Assaults

Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and New York Nightlife Association President Paul Seres announced today the publication of the 2011 Edition of the "Best Practices for Nightlife Establishments," a handbook created to assist the nightlife industry in enhancing safety and preventing illegal activity in their premises.

The 2011 second edition adds new sections on counterterrorism best practices, the prevention of sexual assaults, dealing with promoters, and tips for recognizing the signs of intoxication. It also includes several new attachments, including the NYPD's Bomb Threat Checklist, Guidelines for Suspicious Mail or Packages, Criminal Description Form, and the "If You See Something, Say Something" Poster.

The publication was produced jointly by members of the NYPD-New York Nightlife Association Working Group, a partnership formed in 2006 in the aftermath of the tragic deaths of two young women, Imette St. Guillen and Jennifer Moore. Formation of the Working Group was also encouraged by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn as an outgrowth of the City Council's Nightlife Safety Summit, conducted in September, 2006. The first edition of the handbook was published in October of 2007.

"Updating and expanding the Best Practices represents a collaborative effort which we hope will provide additional guidance and recommendations for keeping New York's clubs and bars safe," said Commissioner Kelly. "We have included a substantial discussion of Counterterrorism Best Practices for the nightlife industry, not to create alarm but to help owners and operators craft effective strategies for terrorism prevention and preparedness," he added. "We provide information and offer concrete suggestions which will increase the security of this vital New York industry," Commissioner Kelly said.

"With these updated guidelines, we want to make sure that nightlife establishments continue to be good neighbors and utilize best practices in the communities in which they operate," said Speaker Quinn. "I want to thank the NYPD and the New York Nightlife Association for working together to implement new and effective steps in order to continue to keep New York City's nightlife fun and secure."

"The Nightlife Association is extremely proud of this ground breaking expanded edition of Best Practices. It continues the nationally recognized cooperative work between our industry and the City Administration. Together we continue to make New York not only the nightlife capital of the world but the safest place for nightlife as well," said Paul Seres, President of the New York Nightlife Association.

The Police Department and New York Nightlife Association will conduct a series of training and orientation sessions throughout the City in the coming weeks to introduce the Second Edition to nightlife owners, managers and security personnel The training sessions will begin at Police Headquarters on September 27, 2011, with similar sessions to follow in each borough.

The updated publication again includes suggestions for preventing illegal and dangerous activity in a nightlife setting, as well as providing guidance for responding to serious criminal incidents. It also addresses the use of security personnel, the ways to prevent underage drinking, the use of magnetometers and ID scanning devices, and the relationship between the venue and the local precinct. The publication includes a model "Incident Report," a universal information-gathering tool which will assist nightlife management and security personnel, as well as law enforcement, in obtaining and recording the information necessary to the investigation of an incident.

The Working Group consists of a cross-section of the industry, representing both large and small venues, as well as representatives of several Police Department commands. It was envisioned as a forum for direct and candid dialogue between the nightlife industry and the Police Department, to address problems and establish new lines of communication.

Best Practices has been published in two forms, a large booklet and a pocket-sized pamphlet. It is posted on the NYPD website, It is also published on the New York Nightlife Association website,

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