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Safer socialising boost to local economy
Article date: 23 Dec 2013

Pub manager Amy Kortegas (right) and duty manager Sam Cook proudly display their G-SAFE (Gravesham Safe and Free Environment) certificate.

Amy, who manages The Robert Pocock, in Gravesend, received the safer award for the scheme being run in the Kent town.

G-SAFE is a Business Crime Reduction Partnership, working closely with the retail community of Gravesham, Gravesham Borough Council and Kent Police to deal with issues of crime and disorder across the borough.

The aim is to maintain a safe, economically vibrant borough, creating a more pleasant place to visit, socialise and work in.

The scheme continues to train retail security staff, as well as implement many crime-reduction techniques

and information-sharing protocols on offenders and those who attempt to disrupt a pleasant town-centre way of life.

The Robert Pocock is one of 83 G-Safe members now signed up to the scheme but, just one of two public houses that attend the meetings.

The initiative has three radio networks covering the town centre, Northfleet and Denton, providing radio coverage for the whole borough. It currently has 29 people on exclusion from G-Safe member premises across the area.

Amy said: “We are proud to be part of the initiative and receive our first ever safer award.”

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