A SCHEME that will reward pubs, clubs and bars for high safety and anti-crime standards is coming to Kirklees.
The Best Bar None scheme was launched last week in Calderdale.
An identical project is being set up in Kirklees.
Its aim is to make sure licensed premises meet the requirements of the the new Licensing Act.
To reach the Best Bar None standard licensees must meet minimum requirements in the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance and protecting children from harm.
The scheme is a joint one between West Yorkshire Police, the Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber, Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Yorkshire Trading Standards and the British Beer and Pub Association.
Pubs, clubs and bars which achieve the basic standard will automatically gain accreditation.
Those achieving the highest standard in the district will then go before a panel of judges, who will decide the category winners and an overall winner.
A recent British Crime Survey showed that a significant proportion of crime was directly and indirectly related to poorly-managed licensed premises.
Best Bar None aims to provide an incentive for owners to improve standards.
Calderdale Community Safety Chief Inspector Steve Cotter, said:
"This scheme will have a positive impact on crime and disorder across the district."