Ask for Angela
The “Ask for Angela” scheme is an initiative that helps people
who feel unsafe on a date get help from bar staff.
Anyone who is on a date or who has met someone at the venue and
who feels unsafe can ask staff for help by simply asking to speak
Staff would then assist the person in leaving the venue
discreetly and getting home or to a place of safety. This could
mean calling for a taxi and making sure they get in it safely.
The scheme was first launched in Lincolnshire and has been
adopted in other parts of the country. It is being piloted in
Stevenage but may be rolled out across the county if
Detective Sergeant Alex Tyrrell, from Hertfordshire
Constabulary’s Sexual Offences Investigation Team, said: “With the
increase in online dating in recent years, more people are meeting
up with people who they have only previously known through a
profile on a website.
“Maybe the person isn’t who they said they were or it just
doesn’t feel safe; this scheme gives people the confidence to ask
for help if they need it.
“It also encourages venue staff to think ahead of time about how
they would respond in a situation like this, and to look out for
people at their venue who might be vulnerable.”
A PDF of the poster can be downloaded here.
For more information about reporting a sexual offence in
Hertfordshire click here.