In addition to the Municipal Police, the state police and paramedics, the streets of Bratislava are also patrolled by the Night Watch, increasing the security and reducing nightlife-related risks for citizens. Sometimes, the situation does not require us to call on the police or paramedics in order to get help. Safe city at night – this can mean even minor things, like a glass of water, a safe passage home or just someone to ask whether everything is all right. The volunteers of the Night Watch patrol the streets where people gather on Friday and Saturday nights (from 11 pm to 3 am) and lend a hand to people in situations when they are at their most vulnerable.

The Night Watch volunteers assist citizens who:

  • need to be accompanied home
  • have lost their phone, handbag or balance
  • need to find their group
  • are afraid to wait for the bus alone
  • have forgotten to hydrate
  • need someone to talk to
  • need help getting in touch with their friends

If you want to comment on the Night Watch activities, contact us at [email protected]

About the Night Watch

What will your responsibilities during the service be?

  • Give the intoxicated person a soft drink and take care of him or her
  • Treat minor injuries
  • Help a lost or disoriented person
  • Help a person find their way home
  • Help a person who has lost his or her belongings
  • Provide support to people in emotionally distressed situations

What will the coordinator's role be?

The coordinator's role is to be available to volunteers in situations where they can't help on their own and need to consult with a more experienced person. He or she also supports the volunteers throughout the process, varying from reporting for services, material management to improving the quality of the activity together with the coordinating team.

The activities of the Night Watch are not of a repressive nature. They should in no way kill the fun or otherwise restrict the nightlife.

Don't worry, we'll get you ready with a series of training sessions

  • certified first-aid course,
  • Night Watch and field work 101,
  • how to work with a person under the influence of drugs,
  • communication strategies in conflict and de-escalation,
  • basic orientation on criminal offences and misdemeanours.

In addition to the training, you will always have a more experienced colleague (coordinator) at your disposal. You will also work together with the municipal police, the city's field team and other stakeholders of Bratislava's nightlife. However, the Night Watch is a stand-alone activity that should not be directly linked to the police in the eyes of the public.

What are the expectations?

  • 18 years of age
  • no criminal record
  • availability of at least 2 nights per 4 weeks
  • English language at least at B2 level
  • education or experience in the helping professions, psychology etc. of advantage

Thanks to you, nights out in Bratislava will be safer and the mornings after in Bratislava more cheerful.

10 tips from the Night Watch for a safe night out

  1. Stay together: When going out with your friends, don’t leave anyone behind. Go home together or in smaller groups.
  2. Be prepared: Before leaving home, make sure your phone is charged and you have a means to call your friends, family, taxi etc.
  3. Know your limits: Before drinking, eat something. Do not mix types of alcohol or other narcotics. If you are taking medication, make sure it is safe to drink alcohol.
  4. Don’t forget to drink water: Drink enough water or other non-alcoholic beverages (at least without sugar) during the night to keep hydrated and avoid any adverse effects of alcohol.
  5. Travel safely: If you’re planning on drinking, leave your car at home. Use public transport or a taxi to get home. Never drink and drive – even for short distances!
  6. Respect yourself and others: Respect all people having a pleasant night out and don’t behave aggressively. If you see aggressive behaviour or harassment, notify the employees of the establishment or call the police on 159.
  7. Keep an eye on your belongings: Don’t leave your bag, cell phone or wallet unattended. Watch your drinks and do not accept beverages or other substances from strangers.
  8. Take the safe route home: If you are walking home, take a well-lit street. Don’t take routes next to rivers or lakes, and other remote dark places where danger may be waiting.
  9. Watch your surroundings: Help any of your friends who don’t feel well. Watch your surroundings and offer help to others if you are comfortable in the situation and feel safe.
  10. Ask for help: If necessary, do not hesitate to contact the Night Watch, Municipal Police (159), state police (158), or the paramedics (155).

It is OK to ask for help when necessary. You can use the contacts below:

I feel in danger

150 - firefighters 155 - paramedics (ambulance) 158 - police 159 - Municipal Police

I am not sure who to call... 112 - Integrated Rescue System

I need to talk/confide in someone

0800 800 566 - Nezábudka trust line 0800 500 333 - IPčko crisis helpline 0944 171 272 - Modrý anjel crisis helpline ↗︎ - chat room

116 111 - Linka detskej istoty (only for persons younger than 18) ↗︎ – chat room (only for persons younger than 18)

0800 500 888 - Кризова лінія- Психологічна допомога (8:00-20:00)

I need specialised help

  • victims of violence or a crime -0800 11 321
  • people with food intake disorders - 0800 221 080 (MON-TUE 2:00-8:00 pm, WED-FRI 10:00 am - 4:00 pm)
  • women experiencing violence - 0800 212 212
  • handicapped persons - (MON-FRI 3:00 - 8:00 pm – chat room and video helpline)