August 17 2015

Police Hold Training With Hotel Managers to Increase Safety

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Police Department is working with local hotels to increase safety and fight crime. 


Chief Michael Kent reports that the department conducted a successful training last week with multiple hotel managers in town to increase safety at their establishments.


According to a release, members of the Burlington Police Department, the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure and the International Lodging Safety and Security Association assembled at the conference center at Grand View Farm on Aug. 12 to discuss a variety of issues and to promote improved communication between the hotels and the police department.


Representatives from the Burlington Marriott, Candlewood Suites, Extended Stay America, Hyatt House and Sonesta ES Suites attended the two-hour training.


In early July a woman was murdered, allegedly by two men who contacted her through the escort section of the marketplace site Backpage.com. This training, however, was not tied to that incident, the release states. 


“The meeting was scheduled prior to the homicide at a Burlington hotel on July 2,” it reads. “Police wanted to meet with hotel managers as part of their ongoing effort to improve communication between key stakeholders in town. (In the spring, police met all bank managers to go over safety procedures at the workplace).”


"One of our priorities is to really increase communication with our businesses in town and provide them with workplace safety tips for every day practices, and if an emergency situation were ever to occur," said Chief Kent. "We hope to make this an annual event."


Burlington detectives discussed policies and procedures to best maintain safety for guests and staff, including:


• Info sharing


• Organized Retail Crime


• Drug and Narcotic issues


• Prostitution


• Eviction and trespass issues


• Licensing issues


• Domestic Violence


• Workplace violence and safety


Hotel managers were encouraged to have officers conduct safety and security assessments of their properties. Police also offered to attend hotel staff meetings to discuss any issues or answer any questions that employees may have now or in the future. 

 
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