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Glasgow Community and Safety Services – News


Keep up to date with the latest news from Glasgow Community and Safety Services

Every day there is a lot happening to make Glasgow a safer, cleaner, better place.

We want to tell everyone who works, lives and visits the city about the work which is underway. From community events to city-wide initiatives, this is where you can find out more.

Read the latest news or search our press release archive for further information.

Community groups across Glasgow join together to get real about alcohol and drugs

Community groups throughout the city are this week highlighting the issue of alcohol and drugs misuse in Glasgow as part of GRAND (Getting Real About Alcohol ’N’ Drugs) Week.

Grants of more than £50,000 have been awarded to raise awareness over the course of the week-long programme of events, which seeks to bring together members of the community to tackle problems caused by alcohol and drug use.

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September Weekend sees Launch of New Nite Zones in Merchant City and West End

This September Weekend will see Glasgow become even safer with the launch of two new Nite Zones to help people get home quickly and safely from their nights out.

The staffed zones, which will be in Albion Street in the Merchant City and Byres Road in the west end, are an extension of existing Nite Zones which have been operating in Gordon Street and Sauchiehall Street since 2005, and will offer dedicated marshalls to ensure the safety of people queuing for taxis, dedicated CCTV cameras, and better street lighting for visibility.

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No Knives, Better Lives launches in Glasgow

A major new campaign to teach young people about the dangers of knife crime has been launched in Glasgow.

Glasgow Community and Safety Services (GCSS) is working in partnership with the Scottish Government to deliver the No Knives, Better Lives campaign across the city.


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Calls for an end to prostitution now

Led by Councillor James Coleman, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, the ‘End Prostitution Now’ campaign is pushing for amendments to proposed and existing legislation which will create a range of offences designed to target the purchase of sex. 

These offences would affect those who buy or seek to buy sex, those who arrange or advertise the sale of sex and those who provide accommodation where the sale of sex takes place.


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Awards ceremony raises the bar on safer drinking

More pubs and clubs across Glasgow than ever before are committed to creating a safer environment for residents and visitors to the city.

And today the most dedicated have been recognised for their efforts at a glittering awards ceremony in the City Chambers.

The Best Bar None awards scheme, now in its fifth year, awards drinking establishments in the city centre and west end for their commitment to preventing alcohol-related crime and promoting responsible drinking.

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Graffiti hotspot turned into work of art

A graffiti hotspot in Kelvinbridge has been turned into a work of art thanks to the skills of street artist Sam Bates and local schoolchildren.

The mural, which runs 90 metres long and displays images representing transport through the ages, is the result of a community arts project which has received funding from Glasgow City Council, Strathclyde Police and the Clean Glasgow initiative.

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City Centre Ambassadors take to the streets

Community Enforcement Officers, best known for keeping Glasgow clean and safe, are expanding their role to become city centre ambassadors, having all received customer service training and tuition on Glasgow’s popular visitor attractions and shopping hotspots.

Easily identifiable by their new uniforms incorporating a gold information ‘i’ logo, the officers, employed by Glasgow Community and Safety Services, can assist tourists and citizens alike explaining what Glasgow has to offer, make recommendations and help people find their way around the city.  

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European cities follow Glasgow’s lead in tackling youth disorder

Delegates from eleven cities across Europe are coming to Glasgow this week to hear first-hand how the city is leading the way in tackling gang-related antisocial behaviour and helping young people achieve their potential.

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Music festival launches state-of-the-art mobile drop-in centre for Glasgow’s young people

Hundreds turned out on Friday 17 April for a new south side music festival which saw the launch of a state-of-the-art mobile drop-in centre for young people.

Musicstuff2009 saw a range of top Glasgow bands – including The LaFontaines and The Fortunate Sons – perform alongside local talent at the unveiling of the STUFF Trailer. Local secondary schools also got in on the act with bands from Holyrood Secondary and Cathkin High taking centre stage to showcase their talents.

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Launch of Best Bar None 2009

Licensees of pubs, bars, night clubs and specialist entertainment venues in the City Centre and West End were invited to take part in this year’s Best Bar None Awards scheme at a launch ceremony in the City Chambers on Tuesday 21 April 2009.

The scheme, now in its fifth year in Glasgow, recognises venues which show a real commitment to reducing incidents of crime and curbing irresponsible drinks promotions which can lead to binge drinking and antisocial behaviour.

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Campaign launched to reduce sale of alcohol to under 18s

Agents who purchase alcohol on behalf of under 18s are being targeted in a year-long crackdown on underage drinking which started Tuesday 8 December 2008.

Thirty off-sales in the north of Glasgow are participating in the campaign, led by Glasgow Community and Safety Services (GCSS), which aims to reduce the sale of alcohol to under-18s and decrease related incidents of antisocial behaviour.

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