Safe Night Out 2014
The idea of Safe Night Out started with a conversation regarding the work that has been done since the Alcohol Summit 18 months ago, and we all felt that our ambition is to ensure a Safe Night Out for people enjoying the entertainment on offer in Derby city and the rest of the county.
It all started with one of the key objectives in my Police and Crime Plan : to encourage further investigation into the issues surrounding drink-fuelled crime and harm and exploring ways of intervening early.
Then we held the very successful Alcohol Summit which has brought so much work together, removing the silos that existed for different agencies. Now we are all very much pulling together. I should at this point thank all those who have contributed so much to the work to date. Our partners in the local authorities, criminal justice arenas and voluntary sectors have been amazing. Thank you all.
For example: Cardiff Model, the work ongoing to reduce the strength, the work with young people, Intoxicated, the night time economy initiatives, Purple Flag and so on. So much work, now turning into real results.
I’m am keen that we don’t lose that early impetus, and to help us all stay on track I have announced my intention to appoint a Co-ordinator to pull together the different strands of work being done by different partners. This person will be vital to MY plans to make a real difference to the harm done by alcohol and drug abuse.
#Safe Night Out is the umbrella brand under which I want to badge all the work done as a result of my intervention. I really want people to travel to our towns and venues, confident that they will be safe. Alcohol related violence can really harm what is a thriving night time economy, and whether people are a victim or a perpetrator, I want it to stop. I want our businesses to thrive and contribute to the local economy. I want our health services to have more time to deal with people who are ill, not damaged as a result of over-indulgence.
I want our young people to grow up Drinkaware – knowing their limits, and not ruining their own or others enjoyment.
So, over the coming weeks and months, you will all hear a lot about Safe Night Out. It is our ambition and my team and I remain totally committed to its delivery
Today, in the build up to the Festive Season, I am urging people to drink sensibly, taking responsibility for their own behaviour. I am not trying to ruin anyone’s evening, I want everyone to have a great night out, but I want that to be a Safe Night Out.
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