Commissioner calls alcohol summit in bid to cut crime

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The police and crime commissioner for Derbyshire has called an alcohol summit.

Public fears over drink-related crime are to be placed top of the agenda at commissioner Alan Charles’ first alcohol summit, where agencies and individuals will share their knowledge in an effort to identify fresh ways of dealing with alcohol misuse in Derbyshire.

The event takes place tomorrow, in South Normanton.

Mr Charles said: “We all recognise that there is a problem, alcohol-related crime accounts for a significant amount of all crime committed.

“And alcohol is a common denominator in violent crime and issues such as domestic abuse.

“We all tend to see it from our own viewpoints.

“It is a partnership issue that includes the police, the health service, local authorities, the licensed trade and the third sector – including specialist support services.

“By working together we can develop solutions to the challenges posed by excessive alcohol consumption.

“We will also seek to identify workable solutions to some of the problems associated with the night-time economy.

“I want agencies to leave the event with firm tasks to undertake and I want to support them to identify and implement innovative solutions to reduce the problem before it takes hold.

“Alcohol misuse is not a problem that’s going to go away by policing and enforcement alone.”