People on a night out in Barnsley town centre this May Bank Holiday Weekend are reminded that they can count on the reassuring presence of the nightlife taxi and street marshals.
The street marshals patrol areas of the town centre where the main pubs and late night venues are situated. They support the police by dealing with low-level anti-social behaviour, to make sure any trouble is dealt with in an appropriate way.
The street marshals assist, advise and guide those coming in to Barnsley after hours to attend the night time economy. This may include directing to taxi ranks, advice on the different venues Barnsley has to offer and even assisting with a decent place to eat.
Nightlife taxi marshals act as a reassurance for revellers making their way home by manning the taxi ranks.
The marshals are also trained in basic first aid and will complement the work of the Street Pastors.
Active Response Security is providing the marshals on behalf of Barnsley Council.
Having the marshals on hand helps residents and visitors alike enjoy their evening, and feel safe when they are out and about. The marshals have direct contact with police and alert them to any potential incidents. In some cases, their presence is enough to prevent any volatile situations from escalating.
The aim is to create a safer and happier environment where fear of crime is at a minimum.
All the night marshals wear green high visibility vests so will be easily identifiable, should anyone need assistance. They work every Saturday night, and throughout other busy periods such as Bank Holidays.
Michelle Bailey, Managing Director at Active Response Security is delighted to work in partnership with Barnsley Council and South Yorkshire Police. She said: “Our aim is to create a safer and happier environment where fear of crime is at a minimum. Reports already show that we have helped reduce crime and disorder by having the patrols on the streets by our Street Marshals, together with a safe journey home supported by our Night Marshals.”