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Commissioner Joins Alcohol Week of Action

Commissioner Joins Alcohol Week of Action

Nottinghamshire Police has joined forces around the country for a week-long campaign highlighting the realities faced by those dealing with drunkenness and alcohol-related incidents.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) In Focus: Alcohol Harm initiative started on Monday (16 September) and runs until Friday (20 September 2013).

Showcasing the activities classed as everyday business, officers and staff across Nottinghamshire will be specifically highlighting the realities of dealing with drunkenness and alcohol-related incidents and the impact on the police service.

Nearly 50 per cent of all violent crime is alcohol related and drink related anti-social behaviour is the most common form that people experience.

To help raise awareness of this neighbourhood policing teams, Street Pastors and Special Constables will be taking part in a range of activities including conducting patrols in drinking hotspots. 

Police will be addressing new students at fresher’s weeks on staying safe and providing awareness training on vulnerability with security and bar staff.

There will also be age ID checks, drug swabbing and drink-drive operations. Licensing teams are working with partners conducting test purchasing operations for shops, bars and taxis and visiting problem venues.

Police started the campaign on Monday by sharing facts and figures on alcohol abuse with their colleagues and partners across the force area. We will also be tweeting our day-to-day activities tackling alcohol harm in our communities. 

Assistant Chief Constable Simon Torr said: “Police are all too often having to care for people who have clearly failed to take care of themselves. They need to grow up and take responsibility. 

“Drinking so much that you can’t think clearly makes you vulnerable and more likely to become a victim of crime, be injured or be involved in violence. 

“Alcohol harm is social issue that we all have a stake in solving. We will continue to work with our partners to spread the message that personal responsibility is key.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has added his support for the campaign.

Last night (Tuesday 17 September 2013) Mr Tipping, who launched a public survey into alcohol and licensing, took part in a patrol led by Police Sergeant Rich Shaw of the City licensing team.

Following a short briefing at Central Police Station the team set out to Walkabout, in Friar Lane, to carry out licensing checks.

Reducing the impact of alcohol on crime and antisocial behaviour is a top priority in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan. 

He said: “Alcohol is a factor in almost half of violent crimes and is a driver behind much of the antisocial behaviour and rowdiness that we see in our communities.  That’s why we are working together with our partners and the licensed trade to try find a way forward that will enable people to continue to enjoy themselves, without causing harm to themselves or others.”

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Posted on Wednesday 18th September 2013
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