PCC Announces Alcohol Task Force
As a result of PCC Alan Charles’ inaugural Alcohol Summit a high level task force has been formed to take forward the key actions from the event, it has been revealed.
The extent to which partnership support has been garnered is evident from the diverse representation on the group. Representatives from the Probation Trust, the City and County Councils, Youth Offending Service, the Police, Public Health and Neighbourhoods have all agreed to lead different strands of work in order to develop a coherent, integrated and streamlined Alcohol Strategy and Action Plan.
The Alcohol Summit, held in late June, formed a central plank of the work the Commissioner and his Deputy, Hardyal Dhindsa, have been undertaking to better understand the problems caused by alcohol misuse and the drivers behind such behaviour, in a bid to find innovative solutions that really work. They have also looked closely at acknowledged best practice from across the country to see whether these methods would be suitable for adoption in Derby and Derbyshire.
The PCC now intends to work closely with the task force to ensure that momentum is maintained.
“Alcohol abuse is behind so many of the problems we all see such as crime, - including violence and domestic abuse - anti-social behaviour and health issues. I think that I can help the various agencies to work together, productively, to really make a difference,” he said today.
“I believe that my office and I can improve co-ordination across the many authorities and organisations involved, reducing duplication and making more of the money available. We will help remove any barriers that may hinder the way different agencies work and we will also check that any funding assistance provided by this office is being used to optimum efficiency.
“I’m very aware that everyone was working very hard before I stepped in,” he said. “But my focus now is to enable people to work hard together.”
The announcement comes in the midst of a national week of action in relation to alcohol harm, which has seen the PCC on an enforcement visit with Police Officers in the north of the County.
This follows the news that Derby’s nightlife has been recognised as one of the best in the country. Street Pastors, Taxi Drivers and Marshalls, Police Officers, Licencing Officers, Streetpride and Door Staff joined city leaders to hoist a Purple Flag, awarded by the Association of Town and City Management in recognition of success in everything from crime and safety, to how visitors can travel home after an evening out.
“This shows what can be achieved,” said the Commissioner. “It’s good news for those who enjoy the nightlife in the City and the businesses which depend upon those customers. Everyone involved, and I am aware that the Purple Flag is not awarded lightly, deserves congratulating.”
One of the strands of work to be carried out will see focus placed on extending these Purple Flag achievements to the rest of the County.
Posted on Wednesday 18th September 2013