Police are planning to play their part in ensuring that next week’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations are a party for everyone choosing to toast Her Majesty The Queen.
Safer Community Team officers and Police Community Support Officers, with help from the Special Constabulary, will be attending street parties and community events in their area.
Officers will look to stay in the background – but anyone who ends up spoiling the enjoyment of the occasion for others will be firmly dealt with.
They will be monitoring the official – and anticipated unofficial – street parties that will be setting up in towns and villages.
But the partying of course won’t end there, with many licensed premises applying for extensions to their hours of business across extended Bank Holiday weekend.
The mobile police station will be in Northampton town centre at the weekend.
Officers will be offering crime prevention advice and promoting alcohol responsible messages and will be looking to intercept revellers who may already be drunk before they arrive in the town centre.
Superintendent Richard James, who is leading the Force’s Diamond Jubilee policing operation, said: “The district commanders across our Force policing areas have been working with their communities to ensure that everyone has a good time if they are out and about celebrating the Diamond Jubilee.
“We have been speaking to the local authorities and those licensees who are holding events and who have sought extensions to their hours.
“We certainly don’t want to stop people having fun. But we need to ensure that everyone has fun and feels safe and secure in the presence of others.
“One person’s fun can be another person’s anti-social behaviour and our message is clear – behave considerately and drink responsibly, if you do that you won’t be hearing from us.
“If you are drinking, know your limits, stay safe and make sure you stay within the law. Don’t let your celebration at a party turn into contemplation in a police cell.”
A number of significant events are taking part across the county around the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
They include the family fun day in Delapre Park, Northampton and a beacon event in Corby’s Coronation Park.
The Crick boat show and a steam rally at Lamport also take place over the weekend.