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Police Chief proposes security ordinance for clubs and bars in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, NC. — Greensboro Police Chief Ken Miller has proposed a third draft to an ordinance that applies security rules for bars and clubs that have an occupancy of 150 people or more.

Chief Miller said while crime can happen anywhere within the city limits, bar and club owners must be responsible for any violence that occurs in or around their property.

Chief Miller said the ordinance will require some if not all staff members to be trained by the state security board. Bouncers and staff will also be responsible for monitoring activity in the parking lots and surrounding area of the property.

“In many cases, some of the hired security has not been trained at all. In one incident involving an aggravated assault, the bouncer was hired that night,” Miller said.

Miller says there are 68 locations in the city that would fall under the ordinance. Any bar, club or restaurant with live entertainment that operates after 9 p.m. would need to comply.

In a crime analysis completed by the police department show about 4,100 calls for service were made overall from bars and clubs. Chief Miller said most of the reported crimes involve aggravated assaults and larceny of a motor vehicle.

Between January 1, 2010 and October 8, 2012 there have been a reported 39 aggravated assaults, 24 burglaries, two murders and one rape in or near the entertainment venues.

In the summer of 2012 there were three reported shootings at three different locations. No one was hurt.

“How many people have to die before something is done?” asked Miller.

If the ordinance passes, city council will be responsible for holding the businesses accountable for the rules. The ordinance will appear before council in November.

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