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Strip clubs support mandatory bouncer training after firefighter’s death

After firefighter Luke Jones was killed by a strip club bouncer, his wife called for stricter regulations and training with “Luke’s Law”


By FireRescue1 Staff

PHOENIX — Five strip club owners are professionally training their bouncers and staff to ensure safety after a firefighter was beaten to death.

AZ Central reported that although state law does not yet require such training, a new ownership group at Centerfolds Cabaret, along with Hi-Lighter Gentlemen's Club, Bandaids Show Lounge, Essex Gentlemen's Club and the Candy Store are working with a consultant to train their employees.

Firefighter Luke Jones was beaten to death by a strip club bouncer. (Photo/Daisy Mountain Fire)
Firefighter Luke Jones was beaten to death by a strip club bouncer. (Photo/Daisy Mountain Fire)

Nightclub Security Consultants CEO Robert Smith said around 40 employees are being trained.

"I was a police officer for 20 years," Smith said. "I started this company while I was a police officer. There is absolutely no reason and no logical excuse that a bouncer within any state shouldn't have some mandate for training."

The training comes after firefighter Luke Jones was beaten to death by a strip club bouncer. Jones' wife pushed for legislation with a petition called “Luke’s Law” that would require training and stricter regulations for nightclub bouncers.

"Luke's Law can help this industry be safer," Smith said. "Most guests come and have a great time. But that 1 percent of guests that will come in and get overintoxicated, get in an argument, it's gonna happen. When it does happen, let's help that guest go home safely."

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