Posted on 1st May 2013
A campaign to encourage licensees not to serve alcohol to people who have had too much to drink already launches in Chapel-en-le-Frith this week.
Intoxicated is aimed at reducing the level of alcohol-related crime by urging pub, club and bar staff, as well as off-licenses, shops and supermarkets, to be more vigilant when it comes to serving customers.
Licensees can also tap into advice about the training of staff, how to deal with drunken people who demand more alcohol and what support is available to pub workers.
The campaign, led by Derbyshire police and High Peak Borough Council, wants to raise awareness of the law around the sale of alcohol to people who have already had too much.
It has already proved a hit in Buxton and Glossop and will now be rolled out to Chapel-en-le-Frith on Friday, May 3.
Sergeant Tim Barlow, who is in charge of Chapel and Chinley Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This is a campaign to reduce alcohol-related violence and disorder in our community and to tell people that they will not be served by licensees if they are drunk.
“It’s also about educating licensees to make sure they know what the law and that it is illegal to serve a drunk person.
“By working together with pub staff, the Pub Watch scheme and the local community, we will be able to make sure the area stays a safe and enjoyable place.”
Police will be increasing patrols to identify problem hotspots and to offer reassurance and advice to members of the public.
The area's Pub Watch will also be taking an active part and licensees will be able to communicate directly with police to report any problems.
Officers can also move people on using a Section 27 order of the Violent Crime Reduction Act, which allows them to ban troublemakers from an area for 48 hours if police feel they may commit alcohol-related crime.
Intoxicated was launched last year to target concerns about the level of alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour in areas across the High Peak.
As part of the campaign licensees will be offered advice 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.
Training days are periodically organised by High Peak Borough Council and opened to local licensees, too.
Are you a High Peak licensee? You can find out more about the campaign by visiting www.derbyshire.police.uk and visit the Intoxicated pages.
You can also email the licensing team at Bdiv.email@example.com.