New radios signal link up for police and pubs in Chesterfield

New radios have been given to licensees who are part of Chesterfield Town Centre’s Pubwatch scheme.

Thirty radios, paid for by funds from the police, will give pub staff a direct link to officers and staff at other premises so they can share information about suspicious incidents, anti-social behaviour or crime.

It is hoped that the radio link-up will help police and partner agencies to prevent and further reduce incidents of violent crime, and help make Chesterfield a safer place to enjoy a night out.

Chief Inspector Pete Szabo, Operations Manager at Chesterfield said, “As part of the team responsible for supporting the people who run and manage the licensed premises in the town, it is important that we work with them to make Chesterfield a safer place for everyone.

“The Pubwatch partnership here is well-established and I’m delighted we are able to fund these ‘state of the art’ radios. I hope that they will provide an excellent real-time communication link between licensees, their staff and the police.”

C/Insp. Szabo added: “Alongside well-trained door staff, modern CCTV within the town and the working partnership links that are being built, I am confident that the radios will help to reduce local problems, identify trouble makers even quicker and make people visiting the town for a night out feel even safer.”

They were handed out to members during a Pubwatch meeting at Association Bar, on Corporation Street, last week and will be used by those businesses which are part of the scheme in the town centre and also on Sheffield Road.

Jane Randall, Secretary Treasurer for Chesterfield Pubwatch, said: “The radios form a vital role in communication between the police and CCTV operators and that plays a crucial part in helping to keep premises safe for both customers and staff.

“Chesterfield Pubwatch is grateful for the ongoing support from the police, and appreciates funding for their radios which we hope will benefit everyone.”

Story courtesy of Derbyshire Constabulary