Police campaign tackles alcohol-related crime
PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 September 2013
A POLICE campaign highlighting the realities faced by those dealing with drunkenness and alcohol-related incidents has been running this week.
During five days of action as part of the Alcohol Harm Initiative officers, from Avon and Somerset Constabulary have been undertaking activities including age identification and drug swabbing to tackle alcohol-related crime, anti-social behaviour and other health issues.
Neighbourhood policing teams, special constables and police cadets have been working in drinking hotspots providing high-visibility patrols and facilities to deal with the drunk and disorderly.
Assistant Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said: “Drinking excessively often makes people aggressive and reckless, perhaps causing them to become involved in violence.
“It certainly can make them behave in way that impacts negatively on them, the people around them and the wider community. It can also make people vulnerable and more at risk of becoming a victim of crime or being injured.
“We are regularly required to deal with alcohol-related crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.
“Policing our city and town centres every weekend to deal with these issues means that our resources are diverted away from other activities and community priorities.”
National figures show nearly 50 per cent of all violent crime is alcohol related and offenders are thought to be under the influence of alcohol in nearly half of all incidents of domestic abuse.
Assistant Chief Constable Bangham said: “We will always prioritise incidents where we need to keep people safe and prevent a crime from happening, but I would urge those people who are tempted to drink to excess to think about taking greater personal responsibility.
“Don’t be a drain on police and the other emergency services because you’ve had too much to drink.”