Visitors to Plymouth welcomed help from the Ambassadors as well as the city’s residents. All through the trial period our highly-visible teams dealt with and stopped nuisance behaviour in nearby residential areas, roads and the pathways.
To and from the city’s main night-life areas, Ambassadors defused incidents where needed and as importantly, reacted quickly to contain cases that required a co-ordination of agencies to attend.
The Ambassadors’ presence was even more significant for one man, when he was the victim of a serious stabbing in a Plymouth street one night in December 2015. Our teams were first on the scene, provided initial medical care, requested an urgent police response while at the same time, called for an ambulance on a mobile ‘phone. After several operations and recovery, the victim reported that ‘the Ambassadors saved my life’.
The Ambassadors are delighted to hear that he has since set up home with his partner - and they are engaged to be married. (Plymouth’s ENTE Ambassadors, speaking in 2018).
Along with this very serious attack, there were cases of crime and disorder including vandalism and vulnerable people who needed support. Our Ambassadors dealt with public interest and public safety concern, and nuisance cases that effected and disturbed the public.
Initially, the night-time Ambassadors’ task given was to increase the feeling of safety around night-time revellers enjoying Plymouth’s night-time social scene - but the team proved that with early intervention, the Ambassadors reduced risks of more serious incidents and would-be pressures on the other agencies.
After the 6-week trial in 2015 the Ambassadors project was not continued.