‘Last Orders’ for public views on alcohol
Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is urging members of the public not to miss the deadline if they wish to contribute to his survey on alcohol and licensing issues in the City and the County.
Speaking at the start of the final week of his public survey into alcohol issues across the county, he said he hoped people to take this opportunity to tell him what they think before he ‘calls time’ at midnight on Sunday (22 September).
The last days of Mr Tipping’s survey coincides with a national focus on alcohol-related harm led by Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
“Alcohol misuse is clearly not confined to our county, but I find it very disturbing that there has been a significant increase in the number of reports of on-street drinking made to the police in Nottinghamshire in the last year,” he said. “It very much points to the extent to which alcohol-related nuisance and crime is growing.”
Reducing the impact of alcohol on crime and antisocial behaviour is a top priority in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan. This appeal for the public to share their views with him is being made to inform his plans for tackling these problems, which range from rowdiness and increased risk of mental and physical illness to violent crime.
Mr Tipping has spent the last few months gathering a bank of information on the effects of drink on crime and people’s safety with a view to ensuring communities use alcohol in a safe, healthy and social responsible way. Information he has gained includes that from his meetings with organisations and people who range from street pastors and licensing representatives to domestic violence champions and staff in A & E departments.
He also hosted an Alcohol Conference when delegates from partner organisations, health, supermarkets, pubs and clubs, trading standards, policing and voluntary backgrounds considered leading practice nationally and locally.
A report from the conference, outlining the next steps in the development of a strategy and associated action plan, has now been published. It draws attention to local problems which, explains the Commissioner, highlight the need for effective partnership working to find appropriate solutions.
“We know from local needs assessments that almost half of Nottingham City residents perceive people being drunk or rowdy in the city centre as a ‘fairly or very big’ problem,” the Commissioner went on.
This knowledge, together with that offered to his survey and the hands-on experience brought to his alcohol conference, will form the basis of the Commissioner’s alcohol strategy. A full report into findings, feedback and next steps can be found on the Commissioner’s website. http://www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk/Document-Library/Get-Involved/Alcohol-Conference/Conference-Report-2013.pdf
Other pointers to the extent of the problem that emerged from the alcohol conference included:
An apparent north/south divide across Nottinghamshire County with 43% of alcohol-related hospital admissions coming from Mansfield and Ashfield.
Bassetlaw has the highest rate of under 18s alcohol specific hospital related admissions.
A conservative estimate indicates that just over a fifth of adults in Nottinghamshire are drinking at increasingly high levels which significantly increase the risk of mental and physical problems.
To contribute to the survey before it closes at midnight on Sunday, go to: http://www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk/Get-Involved/Surveys-and-Questionnaires.aspx
Posted on Wednesday 18th September 2013