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NCJ Number: 185306 Find in a Library
Title: Nightclub Managers and the Regulation of Crowd Controllers
Journal: Security Journal  Volume:10  Issue:2  Dated:March 1998  Pages:103-110
Author(s): Tim Prenzler; Hennessey Hayes
Editor(s): Robert D. McCrie
Date Published: March 1998
Page Count: 8
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Ireland
Annotation: A survey of nightclub managers in Australia was conducted to elicit their views of new security legislation involving the licensing and training of crowd controllers.
Abstract: In 1993, Queensland, Australia, introduced new legislation to regulate the security industry. The Security Providers Act was based on the Private Agents Act of 1990 developed in Victoria. Both acts aimed to improve the conduct and competence of security providers through tougher licensing requirements, including criminal history checks and mandated training. To assess the views of nightclub managers, a mail questionnaire was developed and sent to 64 respondents. Only 21 completed questionnaires were returned, and the small number of questionnaires did not permit statistical analysis. Nonetheless, results showed a positive view of the impact of the legislation in reducing violence by crowd controllers against patrols. Strong support was indicated for greater restrictions on access to licenses and on improved compliance monitoring. There was moderate support for the very limited training regime, and this finding may have been symptomatic of the need for greater cognizance of management responsibility for a fully professional approach to patron protection. Suggestions are offered for educating nightclub managers about the complex causes of violence in licensed premises and the need for higher standards for security staff. An appendix contains the list of questions asked of survey respondents. 7 references and 4 tables
Main Term(s): Foreign crime prevention
Index Term(s): Alcoholic beverage consumption; Australia; Crime in foreign countries; Crime prevention measures; Crowd control; Foreign laws; Foreign police; Police crime-prevention; Private police
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