Events in Open Spaces
Terms in this set (14)
Green Guide - Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds
Purple Guide - The Event Safety Guide
Red Guide - Good Practice Guide
The Purple Guide (1993)
- Guide on health and safety measures
- Provides guidance on working with statutory partners in local authority and emergency services
- Temporary accountable structures
Organising an event
- Anyone can organise an event
- Community picnic to Glastonbury
- Anywhere on public land can be considered a possible event site (e.g. Fatboy slim on the beach)
- You can have an event any time of year (this depends on what you want to do)
- Local Authorities may charge a fee depending on the type of event you wish to do
Considerations when organising an event
- Licensing (alcohol supply) and street collection
- Music and entertainment
- Is a street trading permit required?
- Public perception; that the police lead events
- Reality; police have no authority
- Police have historically taken the lead
- Danger for public service - civil litigation (claiming)
- Lord Justice Wolf - reviewed civil litigation (we have become extremely litigious)
ACPO (NPCC) Guidance on Public Safety Policy 2012
Provides a standardised approach to police response to events planning.
Advocates multi agency consultation
Greater awareness of individual responsibilities
Implementation of Safety Advisory Group (SAG)
Safety Advisory Group
In most places you'll have a SAG.
- Think 'reasonably foreseeable;
- First point of contact
- Senior officers and executives from fire service, local authority, ambulance etc.
- No legal requirement for reference from group or guidance of the group.
- However if this is not the case the police will serve a notice on the organisers urging them to refer and consult to mitigate any risk or hazards identified.
- Where Safety Advisory Groups are not set up, application should still be to the local authority who will consult with the police
Core Police Responsibilities
- Prevention and detection of crime
- Preventing or stopping breach of the peace
- Traffic regulation (road closures etc)
- Procession vs. demonstration (s.11 public order)
- Activation of contingency plan - emergency threat to life & coordination of emergency response
Police will not normally provide officers (they can be hired by organisers) e.g. if they're charging, then you charge for your service. If it's free, you don't charge (charity)
Police notice timescales
Athletic events such as road races or time trials: Minimum 28 days
Major Events such as open air concerts and parades: minimum of six months, especially if road closures are required.
The local authority and the police may make changes to the route as other activities such as charity events; eg car boot sales can affect the availability of certain roads or areas.
Significant public events
E.g. Lord Mayor's Parade, tour of Britain etc. Police may charge for their service or traffic police (that you see on the motorway) or traffic wardens have the authority to stop vehicles or redirect them.
- Private marshalling and stewarding has become a recognised way in which events are supported.
- Police may charge for their officers' attendance at private and public events and organisers will be advised by the police where this appears appropriate.
- Police motorcyclists may work in front of the race to provide a clear warning to motorists of the oncoming race. Only the police & highways officers have the power to require vehicles to stop
Marches, parades and carnivals
Public Order Act 1986 controls protests, marches and demonstrations.
- You don't need to notify police that you wish o make a static protest (human rights - assembly)
- ILP - intelligence-led policing
- The police will aim to gain; organisers name, phone number and address, anticipated number of participants, event location, reason for the event, start/finish time, any advance publicity you are aware of, details of any stewards
- If there is an intention to use the road for any march then authority must be sought from the persons who own the roads for use other than vehicular traffic. The bulk of these are governed by the relevant local authority
Learning from the past; HMIC (2009) adapting to protest
- police should facilitate a peaceful protest
- improve dialogue with protest groups where possible
- improve communication with the public
- moderate the impact of containment when used 'kettling' a term used by the media
- wear clear identification at all times
- National Guidance of Policing Protest needs
How can we achieve this?
- Clear, concise and reliable transparency between the police and the public
- More face to face meetings with event organisers
Facilitating peaceful protest
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