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Tough stance on alcohol crime delivering 'long-lasting' changes

An ambitious plan to tackle alcohol misuse has reduced violence in Nottinghamshire’s night-time economy and made it easier for people to seek help for dependency, it has been revealed.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping launched a joint Alcohol Strategy two years ago setting out how partners would work together and share resources to tackle alcohol misuse and its impact on violent crime, domestic abuse and hospital admissions - while also protecting the prosperity of the night-time economy.

A multiagency team of health specialists, support providers and criminal justice experts have been focused on increasing early intervention pathways, maintaining robust enforcement, and streamlining support services to create a smoother journey to recovery at the same time as reducing demand on hospitals and emergency services.

New figures now show the positive impact of this work and how targeted support is helping to turn around the lives of those in the grip of addiction.

Latest key achievements include:

  • A 21% decrease in violence in the night-time economy between April and December 2015 compared to the same period in 2014.
  • Target exceeded for successful alcohol treatment completions at the end of 2015 making Nottingham one of the higher performing core cities for drug and alcohol treatment.
  • ‘Drop outs’ from treatment services at an all-time low of 10%.
  • No waiting times for initial ‘triage’ assessment for people seeking treatment while comprehensive evaluations are completed well within the time limit of five days.
  • Community-based detoxification programmes have increased which has reduced pressure on in-patient detoxification
  • Frontline services expanded through Street Pastors and ‘Night Owls’ services which have increased opportunities for ‘on the street’ help and support
  • The launch of the Blue Light Project engaging with treatment-resistant street drinkers in the Arboretum ward of Nottingham who contribute significantly to antisocial behaviour problems in the area.

Commenting on the success, Commissioner Tipping said: “Confronting alcohol misuse and its impact on crime has been one of my top priorities as Commissioner and it’s pleasing to see just how much we have achieved in the two years since the Strategy was launched.

“Reducing levels of violence is good news for everybody; for the public, for revelers themselves and for licensees who rely on a safe, crime-free environment for good business. I’m also pleased at the success rate of our alcohol treatment programmes which are ensuring people receive the help they need to make long-lasting lifestyle changes.

“Considerable PCC funding has been invested in the various treatment schemes through a joint commissioning process and the fact that the ‘drop out’ figures are at an all-time low is a measure of their success.

“There is more work to do, however, and we will continue to work together to make sure Nottinghamshire remains a safe place to live, work and visit.”

Councillor Alex Norris, Portfolio Holder for Adults and Health at Nottingham City Council, said: "I'm delighted to see that this example of partnership working is having such positive results in supporting people with alcohol problems and reducing alcohol-related crime. We will continue to work together to make Nottingham a better place."

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Notes to Editors:
For more information on the Alchohol Strategy click HERE

 

Media Enquiries:   Sallie Blair - 07702 541401

 

Posted on Sunday 27th March 2016
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