Safe Night's Dimitrios (Jim) Mastoras authored a new 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.
Abstract: The Arlington County (Virginia) Police Department (ACPD) has instituted the Arlington Restaurant Initiative, a voluntary accreditation system based on Best Bar None - a program designed to establish and promote relationships between restaurants and bars, local authorities, and the community by promoting responsible alcohol management - that originated in Manchester, UK, in 2003. This publication describes the ACPD's work to change its policing approach in the popular Clarendon nightlife area from a focus on enforcement to a focus on prevention. It also discusses a research analysis of the program conducted by the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University.
Publication Date: 10/25/2019
Author(s): Dimitrios Mastoras
Link to publication: https://cops.usdoj.gov/RIC/ric.php?page=detail&id=COPS-P372
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. Using the Proactive Alliance relationship-based approach, the police partnered with county agencies to establish a holistic approach to nightlife management and raise standards of restaurants that serve alcohol. ARI has been successful in reducing alcohol-related violence and building mutually-beneficial relationships with stakeholders.