Police from across the county took to Twitter last night (Saturday May 25) to give people a ‘live feed’ into the alcohol related incidents they face on a regular basis.
Using the hashtag #alcoholharm officers from across Northamptonshire where joined by more than 25 other forces around the country who tweeted together from Saturday evening overnight into the early hours of Sunday.
Chief Constable Adrian Lee, who is the ACPO lead for alcohol licensing and harm reduction at Northants Police and led the activity last night, said he hoped that the night raised awareness of the problems created by people drinking too much alcohol.
He added: “By using twitter to provide a live feed of policing activities I wanted to raise people’s awareness of the types of incidents that police attend which are due to people who have drunk too much.
“The evening has highlighted the number of officers across the country who regularly attend incidents of anti-social behaviour and more serious crimes, all due to alcohol. The right question to ask is, is this the best use of our resources?
“I recognise that alcohol can be beneficial and enjoyable - However I do wonder if the time has come for us all to become less tolerant of people who do not take personal responsibility for their own wellbeing and health.”
Northants Police said that excessive drinking increases people’s likelihood of committing a crime, or becoming a victim of one, and nearly 50 per cent of all violent crime is alcohol related.
Mr Lee added: “I am keen to highlight these issues for discussion and debate. It is really important that communities better understand, influence and help to create a safer drinking culture which will benefit us all.”
The tweets from last night highlighted the wide-ranging problems police had to deal with because of alcohol related incidents. Some of the tweets from @northantspolice included “Man found worse for wear lying in a village street - #alcoholharm not just confined to our town centre.”
Sgt Julie Mead, from the Kettering safer community team, tweeted at 8am this morning and said that a drunk male had been found into the entrance to some woods in Corby, and had been there all night.
A Corby-based officer, @corbycop, tweeted throughout the night while patrolling Corby town centre and some of his tweets included “1 more in custody, a volatile female this time, she was running around a hotel reception in her nightwear in a drunken state #alcoholharm” and “Just had a mad half hour in #corby, 1 in for assault, 2 in for affray, all 3 are intoxicated and protesting innocence #alcoholharm.”