Cambs police commissioner launches alcohol abuse strategy
19:22 27 November 2014
Sir Graham Bright is among a select group of police and crime commissioners who have joined together to launch a national plan to tackle binge drinking and alcohol abuse.
Sir Graham has helped draw up a strategy with other commissioners which calls for greater police enforcement and more preventative work to address unhealthy attitudes about alcohol and drinking.
The plan was launched at the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner’s partnership summit, which brought together commissioners from across the country.
Sir Graham said that alcohol-related crime in England was estimated to cost £11bn and, he added, placed a “huge pressure on emergency service resources and the police”.
The new strategy looks at how the commissioners can work more closely to reduce the cost to society of alcohol-related crime. This includes deterrent work, tackling irresponsible supply and changing attitudes in society.
Sir Graham said: “Independently, commissioners are all undertaking significant work to reduce the impact alcohol harm has on crime, the health service, the economy and the wellbeing of individuals and families.
“It makes sense for those of us who are spearheading pioneering reform locally to share this knowledge and insight with our colleagues nationally for the wider benefit of the public.
“By channelling resources and expertise towards solving some of the issues that lead to alcohol misuse, we will hopefully begin to unravel negative patterns of behaviour and lighten the workload on ourselves and our local authority partners.”