Merseyside Police is supporting a national week of
police action on alcohol and calling time on people who drink
irresponsibly and end up involved in crime.
As part of the week of action, officers have been carrying out a
range of activities including visiting schools, speaking to
students as part of freshers week and working with a range of
partners and the licensing trade to promote responsible
This weekend officers will be in town centres across Merseyside
to make sure people are enjoying themselves safely and responsibly
and those who have had too much to drink aren't behaving
anti-socially or ending up involved in criminality.
Patrols will also be visiting a range of licensed premises
including pubs, clubs and off-licenses to check they are being run
The operation is being led by Superintendent Mark Wiggins from
Liverpool North. He said: "Lots of people like to drink
socially, but when people take it too far the links between alcohol
and crime can't be ignored and have to be tackled.
"Figures from across the country show that nearly fifty per cent
of all violent crime is alcohol related and that figure rises to
nearly 75 per cent if we look at assualts which require
"If you pre-load and are on the way to being drunk before you
even leave home, you are 2.5 times more likely to be involved in
violence when you're out, either as a victim or an
"People drinking too much can also have a devastating
effect on communities, with alcohol related anti-social
behaviour by far the most common form that people
"The message seems pretty clear. If you drink too much,
you are putting yourselves and others at risk and are far more
likely to end up involved in criminal behaviour.
"That's why we are working hard with our partners and the
licensing industry to promote responsible drinking across
Merseyside and make sure that our town centres and Liverpool city
centre remain great places to enjoy a safe night out.
"We have spent the week so far getting some of our key messages
out and this weekend we will be out across the force re-inforcing
them, including increased patrols, the use of drugs dogs and
visiting licensed premises.
The force is also backing the new card being issued as part of
the Proof of Age Standards Scheme. Superintendent Wiggins
added: "Up until now there have been lots of different cards
under the scheme which haven't been widely accepted. This has
meant young people still carry passports or driving licenses as
proof of ID, many of which end up lost or stolen and being used
"The new card incorporates proper checks on those approving the
applications and will have a single design which
incorporates the unique "PASS" hologram. We are confident the
new card will be widely accepted and should mean that people who
are over 18 can get into licensed premises and those who aren't,
"People need to take responsibility for their own drinking and
the consequences it has, but the pro-active stance we are
taking should ensure that our night time economies across
Merseyside remain safe for everyone to enjoy."