In the summer of 2021, Responsibility.org recruited and sponsored Safe Night to bring their nightlife management model, A Safe Night Out, to the City of Dallas, Texas.
Responsibility.org selected the Safe Night team based on their years of experience and innovation in managing nightlife and implementing the first voluntary bar accreditation model in the U.S., the Arlington Restaurant Initiative (ARI) in Arlington, Virginia.
Together with 24HourDallas, the Good Neighbor Initiative is setting the standard for safety in the City of Dallas.
Safe Night's MPO Dimitrios Mastoras (Ret.) challenges law enforcement to consider evidence-based concepts from other disciplines, such as counseling therapy. The article calls on law enforcement to move beyond traditional outreach of community policing and develop individual relationships with hard-to-reach community stakeholders who are being impacted most by crime and disorder.
While law enforcement has increasingly acknowledged that improving trust and building relationships with communities are key to successful policing, the skills necessary to establish those relationships are often overlooked in police training or dismissed as ‘common sense’; Safe Night's Master Police Officer Dimitrios Mastoras (Ret.) argues that structured training for officers in building relationships with stakeholders could deliver significant benefits for both policing and the public.
This article describes Proactive Alliance, an innovative training program that draws from criminological theory and evidence-based principles in counseling psychology to teach police officers specific, immediately applicable techniques to establish rapport and long-term working relationships with community stakeholders.
Safe Night's Dimitrios (Jim) Mastoras authored a US DOJ COPS Office Toolkit called The Arlington Restaurant Initiative: A Nightlife Policing Strategy to Improve Safety and Economic Viability. The publication was released to assist other municipalities incorporate the relationship-based approach to managing nightlife and improving safety.
The Arlington Restaurant Initiative (ARI) is a voluntary accreditation program which aims to increase safety and economic viability for restaurants and special events in Arlington County, VA
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