Hardyal Dhindsa and Licensing Inspector Adrian Gascoyne
In the lead-up to Christmas bar owners, pubs and staff of licensed premises in Derbyshire are being urged to understand their responsibilities and learn how to say ‘No’ to drunken revellers wanting another drink.
The ‘Intoxicated’ campaign, which Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has helped to fund, provides training in putting a stop to irresponsible sales of alcohol.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa, who was at one of the courses in Derby City Council Chamber last Thursday (28 November) commented: “Alcohol-related harm is a key priority for Derbyshire Constabulary, the Commissioner’s Office and our County and District Councils. This is why it is so important for all licence holders to understand and carry out their obligations not to sell alcohol to people who are in a drunken state.
“The fact is that it is an offence to serve alcohol to anyone who is drunk. This course and the Intoxicated campaign is aimed at helping licence holders and their staff not only to understand the legislation but also to increase their skills on how to refuse to serve someone.”
Similar courses have already been run in the north of the county and are now, in the weeks up to Christmas, including the night time economies within Derby and Chesterfield.
In the past week, 30 licence holders, pub and bar staff have attended the training sessions. The programme will then continue throughout 2014 to educate bar staff in advance of historical peak times for alcohol-related violence.
Mr Dhindsa, who has been out with officers on foot patrol in areas where courses have been held, believes that they are proving to be successful. He is now looking forward to the campaign making the difference that the police and the public want to see, reducing the numbers of incidents of harm and distress related to excess use of alcohol.
The Intoxicated campaign works in partnership with the trade to offer education to bar staff and an Award in Responsible Alcohol Retailing. Those who attend and pass the courses are provided with bar runners, beer mats and posters featuring the Intoxicated theme as a reminder to the staff and the public. Premises that have not sent staff will be encouraged to do so as part of their action plan to reduce alcohol related incidents and calls for service.
Recently the PCC Alan Charles revealed that he had formed a high level task force to take forward the key actions required to tackle alcohol abuse and related crime.
Partners across the City and County have agreed to lead different strands of work in order to develop a coherent, integrated and streamlined Alcohol Strategy and Action Plan.
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Posted on Tuesday 3rd December 2013