Bars and clubs will be patrolled by plain-clothes police to protect women from sexual harassment and assault
16 Mar 2021
Plain clothes police officers will patrol bars and nightclubs in an effort to protect women from sexual assault and it has been announced.
Dubbed “Project Vigilant” it would see an extension of pilots of a programme in which uniformed and plainclothes officers seek to actively identify predatory and suspicious offenders at night.
Public pressure in the aftermath of the kidnapping and murder of Sarah Everard by a suspected Met Police officer has forced the government to make the drastic move.
Following a meeting of the government’s crime and justice taskforce chaired by the prime minister Boris Johnson he said:
“The horrific case of Sarah Everard has unleashed a wave of feeling about women not feeling safe at night. We must do everything we can to ensure our streets are safe,” he said.
“Ultimately, we must drive out violence against women and girls and make every part of the criminal justice system work to better protect and defend them.”
Downing Street also announced plans to double of the Safer Streets fund – which provides neighbourhood measures such as better lighting and CCTV – to £45 million.