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Alcohol Conference set to examine the impact of drinking on crime and public safety

Police, public health, local government, criminal justice and third sector partners across Nottinghamshire and beyond are set to come together for a leading convention aimed at addressing alcohol misuse.

In response to public demand, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has promised to look more deeply into the causes of alcohol misuse in the county and its impact on crime to make communities safer. The resulting Alcohol Conference, which takes place on 1 July, will see leading figures from health, supermarkets, pubs and clubs, trading standards, policing and voluntary backgrounds present the latest research into alcohol dependency including evidence gathered elsewhere in the country of what is working to reduce the problem.  

As well as providing a deeper insight into excessive drinking and its links with crime, the conference will enable partners to look at what more can be done locally to offer solutions. The resulting discussions will help influence the production of the Commissioner’s Alcohol Strategy, which will set the tone for future action.

Among the guest list is prominent national speaker John Carnochan from the Violence Reduction Unit in Glasgow and Iain Armstrong from Public Health. Representatives from the retailing sector, supermarkets, voluntary organisations and charities will also be attending to provide a full picture of the problem. The Commissioner hopes that by covering the viewpoint of every agency affected by alcohol misuse, the future management of the problem will be more integrated and successful.

Commissioner Tipping said: “The links between alcohol misuse and crime are well-documented and this is quite rightly a major concern of the public. I am determined to protect our communities and increase their feelings of safety. Nottinghamshire has a vibrant night-time economy but it’s time to look at whether everything is being done to promote sensible drinking and violent-free streets.  

“The ideas and experiences exchanged during the Alcohol Conference will be highly valuable for deciding how we approach the problem in the future. My forthcoming Alcohol Strategy will be based on those collective solutions we have identified that will have a positive effect on crime rates and public confidence.”

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Posted on Monday 24th June 2013
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