Douro-Dummer revises event security policy
by Terry McQuitty
The Township of Douro-Dummer instituted a policy in 2011 that dealt with security personnel at municipal recreation facilities.
The original policy was geared to licensed events and aimed at avoiding liability. At the February 19 council meeting Brian Millett, Manager of Recreation Facilities tabled some amendments to the original policy.
Last Fall there was a non-alcoholic event at the Douro Community Centre which ended up being terminated by the Township, because alcohol was being brought into the event from the outside.
Security personnel were not on site and chaperones watching the door did not monitor the situation properly.
Millett suggested that for events where alcohol is not being served, the organizing party may be required to pay for the cost of at least one security person to be on site during the event.
The decision whether a security person shall be in attendance and the number of security personnel required shall be the responsibility of the municipal staff person responsible for the facility.
In the event alcohol is present at an alcohol free event the security and/or the staff person responsible for the facility has the authority to terminate the event.
Deputy Mayor Karl Moher suggested that a couple of issues need stronger language. One point regarding licensed events read, “Security personnel will also be responsible to restrict the flow of alcoholic beverages into and out of the facility”.
Moher stated that the phrase restricting flow should be replaced with “No food or alcohol will be allowed into and out of the facility.”
Council approved the amended policy with the changes suggested by Moher and made it clear that this was a living document. The policy may change as new situations arise.
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