Plans and ideas put by community partners and agencies to his Alcohol Conference on Thursday June 27th have brought a “fresh and invaluable approach towards reducing alcohol misuse and related crime,” Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said.
“I am delighted at the way so many leading agencies and people shared their expertise and their experiences at this Summit,” he said. “Their combined energy and determination will, I am sure, make a huge difference as we tackle together the problems and challenges caused by excessive drinking.”
Decisions taken at the event included the county’s two Accident and Emergency Departments agreeing to greater sharing of data on alcohol-related incidents.
Mr Charles commented: “There was considerable agreement on how these issues should be tackled, and the important thing is for us to work with our partners towards developing solutions. It’s not just down to the police to resolve these problems; it’s about working with all our partners including the health service and our local authorities, the licensed trade, offender management and the voluntary sector along with specialist support services.”
The Commissioner had called the Summit in the hope that bringing together all the agencies affected by alcohol misuse would inspire everyone to work towards the same goals. “The delegates’ enthusiastic participation was all I could have wished for,” he said. “It has been an exceptional day which I believe has spurred us all on to introduce actions – not just words – that will help to cut down on the fear and disruption that excess alcohol can cause to innocent people.
“Alcohol misuse has blighted the lives of too many people for far too long, many of those people being victims of crimes that would probably not otherwise have taken place.
“I hope and believe that the work we have done today has set the ball rolling for improving the quality of life for communities and individuals damaged by alcohol misuse.”
During the all-dayevent, delegates heard about innovative and successful work in different partsof the country, including the so-called Ipswich Model, an acclaimed approach that Deputy Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa encouraged local authorities in Derbyshire to implement. They also heard that stopping the sale of super-strength beer and cider in 80 off-licences had delivered a significant and positive impact on crime and anti-social behaviour in Ipswich.
Other positive messages included the decrease in alcohol-related hospital admissions in Derby in 2012-13, making it a ‘top five’ local authority for reducing alcohol harm.
The conference was reminded that by the end of this year 80% of alcohol drinks will carry clearer messages about it.
Other presentations focused on the night-time economy, minimising harm and alcohol treatment. Alan Charles added: “It is now our collective role to work together to implement the initiatives discussed today whilst continuing to maintain the vibrant night- time economies in our towns and Derby City.”
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List of Speakers:
- Paul Robinson - Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods, Derby City Council (partnership approach to enforcement)
- Nick Thurstan - Head of Environment & Community Safety, Erewash Borough Council (Public health responsibility deal – local delivery)
- Dr Richard Martin - Assistant Director of Public Health – Head of Substance Misuse (Cardiff data sharing model)
- Superintendent Gary Parkin - Derbyshire Police (The Night Time Economy)
- Detective Supt Gary Cathcart - Derbyshire Police (Alcohol and its relationship to homicide)
- David Lowe - Deputy Chief Executive, Derbyshire County Council (Alcohol harm – minimising the risk)
- Jo Mead - Chief Executive, Derbyshire Probation Trust (Alcohol treatment as a sentence at court)
- Suanne Lim - Head of Youth Offending Services, Derby City Council (Youth offenders and alcohol)
Posted on Friday 28th June 2013