Police support campaign which tackles drinks and alcohol incidents
9:55am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Cotswolds news
POLICE teams throughout Wiltshire will be supporting a national campaign to highlight the realities of dealing with drunkenness and alcohol-related incidents this week.
Over five days (Wednesday - Sunday) the In Focus: Alcohol Harm initiative will see forces throughout the country taking part in a host of proactive activity to help highlight and tackle this issue.
Neighbourhood Policing Teams throughout Wiltshire will be engaging in a variety of activities including visits to schools and colleges, Pubwatch meetings, taxi operations, high visibility patrols, drugs dogs operations and visits to licensed premises.
Police will also be working with partner organisations to highlight the issue. This will continue on from road shows throughout the last month where partners including Wiltshire Council, Wiltshire Fire & Rescue and other specialist services have come together to engage with communities and help educate them on the effects of alcohol on individuals, families and communities.
Chief Superintendent Paul Mills who is Head of Local Policing said: ‘People all too easily forget the risks that come with drinking to excess. If you can’t think clearly you make yourself more vulnerable, are more likely to become a victim of crime and are more likely to be injured or involved in violence. Nationally, nearly 50% of violent crime is alcohol related and in nearly half of all domestic abuse incidents the offenders are thought to be under the influence of alcohol.
‘This is not a problem that is going to go away and cannot be ignored. We will continue to work alongside our partners to tackle this issue and educate people on the dangers and effects but everyone has a role to play and people must take personal responsibility for their actions.’ Licensing teams including representatives from the local authority will also be distributing guidance material throughout towns in the north of the county on Wednesday and in the south of the county on Thursday. Multi-agency checks of licensed premises are also planned on both Friday and Saturday nights.
Maggie Rae, Corporate Director, Wiltshire Council and chair of the Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership said: ‘We’re delighted to be working with Wiltshire Police and other partners on this important issue. Raising awareness of the devastating effect alcohol can have on individuals, their families and our communities is vital in our efforts to improve health and wellbeing and reduce the crime and anti-social behaviour associated with alcohol misuse.
‘We want to ensure that our town centres are a safe place for everyone to socialise and drink alcohol responsibly, by tackling this issue together we can achieve this.’ Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson said: ‘Alcohol is a factor in far too many crimes and anti-social behaviour incidents.
‘I am fully supportive of this proactive partnership activity. I’m particularly pleased to see that engagement will be taking place at a local level with neighbourhood policing officers visiting schools and colleges to raise awareness of this important issue as well as officers attending Pubwatch meetings.’ Domestic Related Assault in Gloucester - Appeal to Trace Witnesses Police in Gloucester want to hear from a number of people who witnessed a domestic related assault in the Kingsholm Park area last week.