Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has today (Wednesday 18 November) unveiled a new “proof of age” card for students as part of a campaign to increase safety on a night out.
The new ID scheme, which is being supported by the Commissioner and jointly coordinated by the Force and the University of Derby’s Students’ Union will provide students with a free PASS 18+ proof of age card to save them carrying passports and driving licenses and reduce their risk of identity theft.
It was launched on the same day Commissioner Charles unveiled his annual Safe Night Out campaign encouraging revelers to drink sensibly and avoid being involved in crime.
The card, which is endorsed by the Home Office, the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and Trading Standards, is open to all registered students who wish to apply. Individuals will have to go through a strict verification process carried out by the University of Derby Students Union before being issued with the card.
Licensing enforcement officer PC Mark Dunn, who is leading the scheme on behalf of the Force, will be working closely with licensed premises, bar workers and door staff to encourage them to accept the card as proof of age.
Launching the new scheme at the University of Derby’s Students’ Union today (Wednesday 18 November), Commissioner Charles said: “It makes perfect sense for students to carry the Pass 18+ card to prove their age and save themselves the trouble of carrying a passport or driving license. In the wrong hands, these items could be used to commit identity theft and fraud and are also very expensive to replace if lost.
“The Pass 18+ card has been backed by the Government and the security industry which should make it easier to verify. Those applying for the scheme will undergo a stringent application and accreditation process to further reassure bar staff and door workers of a card’s authenticity.
“By removing more valuable forms of ID such as passports from our night-time economy, we are increasing the safety of these young people and preventing serious crimes.”
Each Pass 18+ card features a PASS hologram as means of verification and a current photograph of the individual as well as their date of birth. The design of the card has been standardised to protect the integrity of the scheme and ensure it is recognised within the night-time economy.
PC Dunn said: “I’ve been trying to encourage local pubs and clubs within the Derby City night-time economy to accept Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) cards over and above passport and driving licenses as an acceptable proof of age. I’ve been offering reassurance to the operators through the Derby City Pubwatch scheme that doing so is due diligence and responsible.
“Young people are rightly concerned about taking valuable documents such as passports and driving licenses with them on a night out, because of the inconvenience and expense to replace if lost or stolen. If these documents fall into the hands of criminals they can represent a real security risk to the individuals concerned.
“Through Citizencard we hope to make these ID cards available to all young people in Derbyshire. Hopefully this initiative will help to create an even safer environment for young people to enjoy themselves whilst enjoying everything the night-time economy in Derby has to offer.”
Sórcha Haverty, vice president of welfare and students rights at the Students Union, said: “We welcome the launch of this free ID card scheme for students which means they don’t need to bring their passports or drivers’ licence out again. This is good news as replacing these items can be really expensive and the potential for identity fraud is extremely worrying.
“It’s great seeing this initiative being put in place through the Safe Night Out campaign which will positively impact students.”
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Posted on Wednesday 18th November 2015