Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is urging people to share their views on the impact of alcohol in their communities to help him tackle drink-related crime.
Commissioner Tipping has launched the Alcohol Survey 2013 – an online questionnaire designed to gather local opinion about the issues surrounding excessive alcohol consumption. The research will be used to develop a formal Alcohol Strategy which will set out how the Commissioner and partners will address a host of issues including drink-related violence, street drinking, the night-time economy, domestic abuse and other alcohol-influenced criminality.
The survey asks respondents whether alcohol is a problem where they live and whether they would like to see tighter controls in place to restrict hours of sale, marketing and promotion of drinking, minimum pricing and underage drinking.
Commissioner Tipping is keen to involve Nottinghamshire residents in his plans to improve public safety and asks survey respondents for their views on what should be done to reduce the impact of alcohol – including who they think should pay for the policing bill in terms of the night-time economy.
As part of his Police and Crime Plan, the Commissioner wants everybody involved in the alcohol cycle from licensees and off licences to trading standards, the police, the NHS and the voluntary sector to share responsibility for tackling the problem. This means working together to develop a practical strategy that will not only involve tougher enforcement action but also identify more opportunities to support those affected by excessive alcohol consumption including victims of domestic abuse.
The Commissioner is due to host an Alcohol Conference together with the Police and Crime Panel where the issues surrounding alcohol-misuse with key partners and agencies from across the city and county will be discussed. The conference will provide further insight into the problems specific to Nottinghamshire and these will form the basis of his Alcohol Strategy.
Commissioner Tipping said: “Collectively, we have a responsibility to reduce the harm that alcohol is causing to health, public safety and quality of life in Nottinghamshire. Alcohol plays a significant role in a wide spectrum of crime from anti-social behaviour and traffic offences to street violence, domestic abuse and criminal damage. Its impact is similarly far-reaching, with the NHS, the police and other emergency services footing a very large bill every year simply because some people cannot control their alcohol intake.
“Nottinghamshire has a very vibrant night-time economy partly due to the many thousands of students who choose to study here. While we will never stop everyone from drinking to excess, we can look harder at our own policies to see how we might discourage such binge drinking whether this is from sales and marketing point of view, pricing or tougher policing penalties.”
The survey can be accessed via http://www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk/Get-Involved/Surveys-and-Questionnaires.aspx.
Posted on Monday 20th May 2013