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Vulnerability Training Taken Up Nationally

18th May 2015

Vulnerability training introduced by Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner has been taken up by another force.

Sussex Police has recently been training door staff on assessing ‘triggers’ of vulnerability on a night out. This includes the amount of alcohol a person has consumed, their age, whether they are on their own or have lost contact with their friends. The surrounding environment and weather conditions should also be considered.

The training was developed in 2013 as a result of a unique partnership set up by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird with the police, Safe Newcastle and Phoenix Security.

Commissioner Baird said: “It’s excellent to see the this training being delivered elsewhere in the country as this means more people visiting bars and clubs will be protected.

“It’s really important for people to be able to go out and socialise and know they are in a safe environment. The more the training is delivered nationwide, the more that will be the case.

“This kind of partnership was the first of its kind in Northumbria and it has clearly proven to be a leading example of what can be achieved when agencies work together on key issues.

“I’m really proud of the work we’ve achieved with this and even more proud it has been taken up nationally. I hope even more forces and their Police and Crime Commissioners choose to deliver this training to make their areas safe and protect the most vulnerable in their communities.

“Protecting vulnerable people and increasing public confidence are major priorities for us and our officers will continue to work with partners to ensure people’s safety.

“People don’t often realise when they are vulnerable and can get into situations through no fault of their own. We have a duty to look after them, whatever the circumstance.”