Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has been on walkabout with two Derbyshire Police licencing officers to see how management of the night-time economy is helping to keep people safe from drink-fuelled harm.
“We have schemes rolling out across Derbyshire that are specially designed to encourage both responsible drinking and retailing – and I am confident that this work is helping to prevent harm among those who want to enjoy a night out,” Mr Dhindsa said.
“These campaigns are not just for Christmas. It’s important to be consistent in our approach whatever the time of year,” he said. “We need to keep at it, and ensure that all our partners are working with us with the same goals to ensure even greater success.”
Following a meeting with Supt Kem Mehmet, the Force lead for Substance Misuse, police licensing officers and Paul Jackson of High Peak Borough Council to discuss best practice the Deputy PCC joined PCs Mark Dunne and Kelvin Hannah to see the progress being made in Derby’s pubs and clubs.
A cross-county co-ordinated approach to the effective methods being used to tackle crime and disorder arising from substance misuse is clearly the way forward. To deliver this it was felt that the work should be rolled out under the ‘Intoxicated’ brand.
A proven programme, ‘Intoxicated’ works in partnership with the licenced 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.
The Intoxicated programme will work with other initiatives already in play, such as data collection to identify alcohol related injuries presenting at A & E departments at major hospitals.
“Valuable information is also now emerging from data gathered by Derby and Chesterfield A & E Departments, which will help us further target preventative work,” Mr Dhindsa pointed out. “Other initiatives include our Safe Night Out campaign, encouraging people to plan their night out in advance, particularly how they intend to get home, and knowing when to stop when they’ve reached their alcohol limit.”
Work to reduce alcohol-fuelled harm gathered momentum in Derbyshire following Commissioner Alan Charles’ Alcohol Summit which, led by the Deputy Commissioner, made good use of information and experience from across the country in tackling drink-related issues.
As part of the Safe Night Out campaign, the Commissioner Alan Charles has backed the Student Union’s Safe Taxi Scheme which enables students who run out of cash on a night out a lift home from a registered taxi driver if they temporarily surrender their student identification. It is hoped that the scheme will become more widely available in the future.
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Posted on Tuesday 1st March 2016