Lethbridge's bars, pubs, clubs, lounges and casinos are invited to participate in Best Bar None, an accreditation and awards program aimed at improving public safety and rewarding higher customer service in the city's licensed venues.
"We are pleased to see the Best Bar None program come to Lethbridge to help prevent alcohol-related crime," says Lethbridge Police Chief Rob Davis. "We want our residents to be safe while enjoying a night out and of course to arrive home safely at the end of the night."
The program is a partnership between the City of Lethbridge, the Lethbridge Police Service, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) and the community's hospitality industry.
"The program success relies on a proactive approach to addressing harmful behavior and providing more enjoyable entertainment environments in Lethbridge. It is great that we can partner with the Lethbridge Police Service, the AGLC and the hospitality industry on this approach to improving safety. We encourage all eligible venues to apply to become accredited," says Mayor Chris Spearman.
Already operating in 120 accredited establishments in Edmonton, Calgary and Grande Prairie, the Best Bar None program aims to reduce alcohol-related problems by:
- encouraging businesses to adopt best practices related to customer safety and responsible service of alcohol
- giving businesses the tools to be better prepared for any violent incidents
- building positive relationships between the industry, enforcement agencies, governments and community.
"Best Bar None brings many partners together and helps advance the commitment to safety in and around liquor licensed establishments. The program encourages industry to adopt best practices and learn how to be more proactive in their operations," says AGLC President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Robinson.
About Best Bar None
Best Bar None (BBN) is an accreditation and awards program, promoting the responsible management and operation of liquor-licensed premises. The program aims to reduce alcohol-related harms by raising the standards of licensed premises and building positive relationships among all stakeholders – operators of licensed premises, industry partners, law enforcement and concerned community groups. In addition, BBN rewards licensees who go above and beyond to raise the responsible service standards and make their establishments safer.
For more information go to www.bestbarnone.ab.ca.