Nightclub bouncers will have their weapons. “Smart Water”To tag drunks in order to have them caught by police
To curb anti-social behaviour, security personnel will be given the hand-held spray devices.
Smart Water acts as a permanent marker, preventing the door staff from having trouble chasing the troublemakers.
Later, cops can identify those who were spray and shine the UV light onto them to prove they have been tagged.
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After research showed that violence against pub staff and bouncers increased significantly following the Covid pandemic, it is now possible to make this change.
After a successful trial in October, SmartTag was used to arm Hereford bouncers.
After a surge in attacks against frontline workers, the new “smart water” comes after an increase in attacks on themSWNS
The aerosol spray will be used in pubs, bars, and nightclubs throughout Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Shropshire.
Sergeant Nick Hall from West Mercia Police said: “This is an exciting step in our continued efforts to challenge anti-social behaviour, keep people safe and protect them and staff from harm.
“This new technology and its deployment will help us to address some of the elements relating to anti-social behaviour which are seen especially in our night time economy and send a positive message to our communities that we are doing all we can to address their concerns.
“We will hand over the new equipment to those people responsible for keeping your pubs, bars and clubs safe places to relax and have fun and who often face a barrage of abuse and violence.
“By safely tagging individuals, officers patrolling the community can easily identify them and progress any required enforcement.”
Tyler Haines, who serves as the deputy doorman at Play Nightclub hereford and whose team uses SmartTag, said: “In January we attended an incident within our club where two men were very aggressive, assaulting door staff and assaulting customers.
“As the situation got unpredictable I took the decision to pull out SmartTag to deter the two men however, one man went to punch me and so SmartTag was deployed at them.
“Both men fled the scene and diffused the situation.”
After that, the roll-out of bouncers follows. “Smart Water”After an increase in attacks on frontline staff, sprays were administered to 400 Co-op security officers.
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