Posted on 18th January 2013
Landlords and bar managers are being urged to pitch their questions on licensing issues to police in a one-off virtual surgery.
The online chat will be hosted on the Derbyshire Constabulary website and will feature a wealth of topics.
These include the police’s Intoxicated campaign, which aims to reduce the level of alcohol-related crime by urging pub, club and bar staff to be more vigilant when it comes to serving customers.
Licensees will be able to pitch any questions related to the campaign, laws or any other relevant issues to the area’s licensing team.
All licensees have to do to take part in the drop-in surgery is log onto the Virtual Surgery web page, or use the chat facility below, between 2pm and 4pm on Tuesday, January 22 to join in the conversation.
Licensing Sergeant Mark Wright, who will be hosting the online surgery, said: “This is a fantastic way for us to reach out and engage with our licensees at a time that is perhaps more convenient than in the evenings.
“They can log on for five minutes or the whole duration and ask as many questions as they like about licensing laws, the Intoxicated campaign or other police issues.
“There is a lot of legislation for licensees to adhere to so it is a great opportunity for them to ask us what they want to know.
“I want as many licensees as possible to take part and field their questions to us.”
Those taking part can choose to remain anonymous and simply have to type their questions into a chat room-style box on the police website.
Licensing officers will then respond to those questions directly, with the questions and answers being posted for the rest of the users to see.
The Intoxicated campaign will be the main topic of discussion. Licensees will be offered advice and information on the campaign and encouraged to:
Train staff on how to pick up on the early stages of intoxication;
Offer soft drinks and free water to people who have had too much;
Look out for customers while collecting glasses or clearing tables and advise them on their behaviour;
Offer to call a taxi for customers to help them get home safely;
Make sure they have adequate staffing levels and working CCTV coverage of their bar or pub.
For more information, call 101.