On Saturday 25 May, Wiltshire Police will join a number of other forces in tweeting about the calls we receive into the control room, as well as incidents officers come face to face with on the streets. The aim is to highlight the amount of incidents and crimes which occur across the county caused by people having too much to drink.
A member of staff will be tweeting from the control room from 10pm until 4am. The tweets will cover 999 and 101 calls coming in throughout the evening. Everyone will be using the hashtag #alcoholharm.
The ACPO lead for alcohol licensing and harm reduction Chief Constable Adrian Lee, said: “We all recognise that alcohol can be beneficial for our wellbeing and community cohesion: sharing a drink with family, friends and neighbours in a pub, over dinner or at a summer barbecue is a social activity that has long been a part of British life.
“However, alcohol also causes damage that we cannot ignore. Excessive drinking clearly increases your likelihood of committing a crime or becoming a victim of one. Nearly 50 per cent of all violent crime is alcohol related; drink related anti-social behaviour is the most common form that people experience.
"Offenders are thought to be under the influence of alcohol in nearly half of all incidents of domestic abuse. The cost of policing all this is substantial and the impact on our partners, in particular the health service, is another huge cost.
“I do have concerns that a very small number of people come to our town centres intending to drink so much that they are not capable of taking personal responsibility for their own welfare. The police and other agencies do have a duty of care and together we do all we can to keep people safe, but there is a cost to that. 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.”
Forces have chosen this weekend as an ordinary spring bank holiday and expect to see many people simply enjoying themselves.