Derbyshire’sPolice and Crime Commissioner, Alan Charles, has called a Summit to discussalcohol related crime in Derbyshire.
Publicfears over drink-related crime are to be placed top of the agenda at theCommissioner’s first Alcohol Summit, when a multitude of agencies andindividuals have agreed to share their expertise and knowledge in an effort toidentify fresh ways of dealing with alcohol misuse in Derbyshire and ultimatelyreduce crime rates.
Theevent takes place on June 27, and the Commissioner says it is much more than anopportunity for ‘discussion’.
“Weall recognise that there is a problem, alcohol-related crime accounts for asignificant amount of all crime committed, and alcohol is a common denominatorin violent crime and issues such as domestic abuse,” he explained, “But we alltend to see it from our own viewpoints. It is a partnership issue that includes the police, the health service,local authorities, the licensed trade and the third sector – includingspecialist support services.
“Byworking together we can develop shared solutions and innovation to thechallenges posed by excessive alcohol consumption.
“Wewill also seek to identify workable solutions to some of the problemsassociated with the night time economy.”
Alcoholmisuse has far-reaching consequences on individuals, families and the public atlarge. Alcohol plays a significant role in many types of offending includingdomestic violence and has a detrimental effect on public confidence andfeelings of safety, particularly in areas blighted by drink-induced anti-socialbehaviour. It also places a major burden on the health service in terms ofdemand on staff and costs.
CommissionerCharles hopes the Summit will bring those agencies affected by alcohol misusecloser together so that everybody is working towards the same goals. Delegateswill also hear about the ground-breaking work taking place elsewhere in thecountry, including the successful and highly praised partnership approachdeveloped in Ipswich, to tackle alcohol crime and the promising resultsachieved in an effort to find suitable intervention techniques for Derbyshire.
CommissionerCharles said: “I want agencies to leave this event with firm tasks toundertake. I want to support them toidentify and implement innovative solutions such as those seen in Ipswich andCardiff, in order to reduce the problem before it takes hold.
“Alcoholmisuse is not a problem that’s going to go away by policing and enforcementalone. There are so many reasons why people drink to excess and until we fullyunderstand these influences better we will not be able to tackle the source ofthe problem effectively.
“Alcohol-relatedcrime and disorder is a top concern of the public and I personally want to doeverything possible to protect the quality of life of our communities andreduce the financial costs to society so that this money can be redirected backto keeping our streets safe.”
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Posted on Friday 21st June 2013