Warwickshire Police has backed a national call from the Association of Chief Officers (ACPO) to tackle the problem of alcohol related-crime and encourage drinkers to take responsibility for their behaviour.
The weekend of ‘action on alcohol’ starts today (Friday).
ACPO has raised concerns that despite a national debate last year about the pressure excessive drinking puts on police resources, there have been very few changes and police around the country still have to pull officers from other duties to deal with the drunk and disorderly in town centres over the weekend.
Violent crime has fallen by almost 8 per cent in Warwickshire in 2013/2014 compared to 2011/2012.
Despite this, 31 per cent of reported violent crime in the county between April 2013 and March 2014 involved alcohol.
Chief Superintendent Martin McNevin, head of territorial policing, is keen to address the issue.
He said: “We have done a great deal to tackle violent crime in Warwickshire over the past couple of years. “There were 340 fewer reported violent crimes in the county last year compared to two years ago and figures from this year so far show more improvements so it is clear that we are having success.
“However, a considerable amount of police time continues to be spent dealing with alcohol-related incidents, both in public and in people’s homes. The time we spent responding to these reports is time that could have been used patrolling our communities, preventing crime, catching criminals and protecting people from harm.”
He added: “The vast majority of people in Warwickshire can have a few drinks and enjoy themselves without wanting to cause harm to others. It is the minority who don’t know how to behave after they have had a few drinks and it is these people who need to start to take responsibility for their actions.
“They know who they are and there is help available if they feel they can’t change their drinking habits on their own.”