Monday February 18th 2019
BID Police Sergeant commended for work in night time economy
Sheffield BID’s Police Sergeant has been recognised for his work keeping the city centre’s night time economy safe.
Police Sergeant Matt Burdett has been awarded the Commander’s Commendation for his work on Sheffield’s Best Bar None scheme, which celebrated its ten year anniversary at City Hall on 13 February.
Matt joined Sheffield BID as our dedicated police sergeant in YEAR as part of our commitment to make Sheffield city centre safer for all, both in the day and night time economies. Prior to that he had worked on a number of projects in the city centre which he was able to continue to progress thanks to financial backing from Sheffield BID.
Matt has been involved in Best Bar None since its launch in 2009, a scheme which went on to help the city achieve Purple Flag status in 2011. Matt continued his work to achieve Purple Flag status when he began working for the BID and in 2019, the city secured Purple Flag accreditation for the eighth consecutive year.
Thanks to the hard work of Matt and other partners in the city including Sheffield Drug and Alcohol team, the city’s Best Bar None scheme has gone on to win a number of awards. In 2013, Matt helped launch the UK’s first Best Bar None app, which won Best Innovation at the national Best Bar None awards in 2016, the year it was also voted the country’s best scheme overall. The city has gone on to win awards every year since.
Sheffield’s Best Bar None celebrated its tenth anniversary with a glamorous awards ceremony at City Hall. Pubs and clubs from across the city were recognised for their hard work to keep patrons and staff safe in the night time economy.
BID Police Sergeant Matt Burdett said: “It was a nice surprise to receive this award from South Yorkshire Police. Over the past decade I have been working in the city centre, I have worked with a number of people across the night time economy to promote Best Bar None and a number of other schemes.
“With support from Sheffield BID I have been able to forge great working relationships with businesses in the night time economy and their staff. With their support, and the support of South Yorkshire Police, I have been able to deliver a number of projects across the city centre which help keep people safe when enjoying a night out in Sheffield.
“The success of Best Bar None is thanks to a number of organisations and hard working people across Sheffield. We couldn’t keep the city centre safe without partnership working, so I would like to thank every person and organisation who helps the police keep Sheffield safe.”
The commendation was awarded by Sheffield’s District Commander Chief Superintendent Stuart Barton and presented on the night by Superintendent Paul McCurry.
Best Bar None promotes the responsible management and operation of venues which are licensed to sell alcohol in the city centre and beyond. Across the UK, 75 Best Bar None schemes operate with the aim of reducing alcohol related crime and disorder, building positive relationships between licensed venues, the police and local authorities, and helping staff responsibly manage licensed premises. In Sheffield, the Best Bar None scheme contributes to reduction in alcohol related disorder and helps to boost the city’s evening economy.
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