Notting Hill Carnival stewarding supplier McKenzie Arnold has told Access that stewarding festivals should not be a police job.
McKenzie Arnold’s managing director Martin Jackson said he is calling for more stewards to decrease the demand on police and is keen to stress the difference between the roles.
He added: “Managing crowds at events is not a police job. Historically the police have underwritten this role at Carnival and there are many drivers as to why this should change, the most important being ownership and costs. Carnival should own the responsibility of event managing itself and the cost of the police presence is substantially more than the costs associated with private stewarding providers.”
This weekend (24-25 August), McKenzie Arnold is set to rollout an iPad-based report and record system, IAuditor. The GPS-enhanced software tracks and locates as well as time stamping any reports.
The waterproof iPads can be used to include video reports and photos live from the event. Team members can also be signed on and off using the system.
In 2013 McKenzie Arnold were given the contract for Notting Hill with just four weeks notice and supplied 900 stewards over two days.
McKenzie Arnold is insured for £15m to cover events such as Notting Hill Carnival.