Public Safety at Atlanta Nightlife Training Center

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, Atlanta Police and Fire Department join industry leaders and business owners in a nightlife training session to discuss ways to make the city safer.

As part of Atlanta’s nightlife division, Saturday’s training focused on de-escalation, active shooter situations and stopping life-threatening injuries in Atlanta nightclubs and businesses. .

“We want to see this flourish. This nightlife economy is important for Atlanta and for people to have great, exciting and safe places to go,” Mayor Dickens said.

The meeting comes more than a month after police said a triple shooting at a Buckhead restaurant left one man dead and injured two others. Among the injured was Chaka Zulu, an Atlanta music executive and manager of rapper Ludacris.

Mayor Dickens says nightlife division continues and there will also be a nightlife advisory council to advise city leaders on ways to improve laws that impact nightlife .

“Council will deal with routine complaints, they will respond to public safety and traffic issues, community development issues and economic impact,” Mayor Dickens said.

Mayor Dickens originally launched the Nightlife Division to train bar, club and restaurant workers on how to retain their establishments, customers and staff.

“It’s really good to understand and know to better handle situations like this,” said Rosie’s Cafe General Manager Michael Osborne.

Industry executives told CBS46 that training is important in keeping violence away from their businesses.

“We have a lot of customers who come in from gigs and things of that nature and they may have been drinking before, that being said to help our staff deal with this type of situation and allow our leaders to defuse these situations, we plan to train our staff,” said Chef Rosie’s Cafe Exec.

Mayor Dickens announced the initiative in April to help reduce violence in and around the city’s nightclubs – a “nightlife division” within the mayor’s office.

Earlier this month, the Atlanta Police Department held citywide neighborhood safety training to help reduce crime and keep residents and visitors safe. .

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