Posted: Friday 17th March 2017
Every week, police officers, volunteers, Special Constables and staff work around the clock to keep our thriving nightlife scene safe and prosperous. Since my first term of office, we’ve been working together with a multitude of agencies to reduce the potential for alcohol-related problems and ensure that people can have a safe, enjoyable night out.
We want to see pubs and clubs showing a responsibility of care for their customers, and yes, we also want to encourage partygoers to have consideration for their own safety. It is working but there is still more to be done.
All of us are potential victims of criminality. The thing with alcohol is that it can impair our judgement and inhibit sound decision-making. It can increase the risk of an individual becoming a perpetrator or a victim of crime and the majority of the prevention work we undertake is concentrated on reducing vulnerability.
In recent years, we’ve worked hard to draw attention to the responsibility of licensees to nurture a safe environment for their customers while reminding revellers themselves to remain in control on a night out. We’ve also developed robust and successful treatment programmes for those whose lives are driven by an addiction to alcohol. When you treat the source of an issue, it has a positive knock-on effect to the whole community and of course eases pressure on our health and bluelight services.
Pleasingly, visitors to Mansfield’s nightlife have good reason to feel safe and secure. The area is home to four of the best venues in the county as voted by members of the public recently in the Best Bar None awards. The Bold Forester won the Best Suburban Chain Venue, The Stag and Pheasant won the Best Town Centre Chain Venue, The Late Lounge won the Best Late Night Venue and andwhynot won the Best Town Centre Independent Venue.
The Best Bar None scheme, which I support, encourages licensees to continually improve their standards of operation thus supporting all of the operational policing work carried out in this area. Many areas that operate schemes have shown impressive reductions in alcohol-related crime and disorder. All of the venues singled out for an award have achieved Nottinghamshire Best Bar None accreditation by passing through a tough assessment of their operating policies and procedures.
It all comes down to good teamwork which is Nottinghamshire’s strength. I’m immensely proud of the partnership work going on to develop robust and sound policies to protect the public. This has been confirmed by Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s successful bid to the Home Office to become a Local Alcohol Action Area (LAAA).
LAAAs receive additional support and insight from government to assist their work to tackle alcohol related crime, anti-social behaviour and the health harms caused by alcohol misuse.
There is considerable competition for LAAA status and this represents a vote of confidence in the city and the county’s approach to alcohol. It also means the issues for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will be raised at the highest level helping to ensure the best outcomes for citizens.
Alongside my colleague in Derbyshire, Hardyal Dhindsa, I am working nationally on behalf of Police and Crime Commissioners to reduce the harm from alcohol and substance misuse. The good work in Mansfield and Ashfield is illustrative of what can be achieved and is an excellent platform on which we can all build.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner