Focusing on public safety in public spaces

 

The NightWatch Project was established to offer a pro-active, independent mobile patrol to assist anyone in crisis, at risk or in need. These areas can be defined as:
  • Crisis - Conflicts, violence, excessive drunkenness, drugs overdoses, self- harm or personal abuse dilemmas
  • Risk - Personal safety and security; life-controlling or destroying issues; physical / emotional / relational issues
  • Need - Life and death and sickness needs, family, employment, relational and spiritual issues, food and accommodation problems
The NightWatch Chaplains work in partnership with other official services; Police, Ambulance, City Council, venue management and security, taxi operations and other city stakeholders. This is achieved through:

  • Pro-active mobile patrol - Patrolling the Brisbane entertainment precincts by vehicle and on foot, between the hours of 11pm and dawn every Friday and Saturday night, the Chaplains safeguard the streets looking for anyone who seems to be in trouble
  • Mobile rapid response - The Chaplains are often first on the scene and provide emergency response to physical or medical conditions requiring frontline first-aid
  • Incident defusing and debriefing - The Chaplains are trained to handle situations that require incident defusing, crisis intervention and conflict negotiation
  • Secondary victim response and support - Assisting any family, friend or person peripheral to, yet affected by an incident or event