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Police patrols to crack down on alcohol-fuelled bad behaviour
NEW students and drinkers around North Yorkshire will see increased police patrols around the region this week.
North Yorkshire Police are joining a national campaign to try and reduce alcohol-fuelled bad behaviour, and make people more aware of the resources used to combat alcohol-related disorder.
The campaign, which is led by the Association of Chief Police Officers, will see police patrols on the streets, along with officers working with licensees and door staff, students, and the NHS to highlight their work against alcohol-related incidents.
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy said: “It’s important that people realise how alcohol-fuelled crime and disorder impacts on the police service and the amount of resources which is put into tackling it.
“People must take greater responsibility for themselves and their friends to reduce the likelihood of them becoming injured, a victim or involved in violence.
“Our officers and staff will be out and about across our towns and cities this week to drive home the message about safe drinking, enforce the law, and to keep our communities as safe as possible.”
Under the campaign, which is timed nationally to coincide with the majority of students arriving at university, extra police patrols will be in city and town centres, and Operation Erase will see police work with British Transport Police to keep parties travelling to and from York safe, and ensure rail users are not intimidated by them.
Licensing officers will also attend Fresher’s events at colleges and universities, and check licensed premises, with focus on known hotspots around the region.
On Friday and Saturday, police in York will have G4S prisoner transport on hand rather than police vehicles, and in Selby, Operation Ursine will see patrols over the weekend, with night marshals on patrol there as well as in Harrogate.
Officers will also take to Twitter, encouraging drinkers to “know your limits”, “stay hydrated”, “stick together” and “ensure you know how you are getting home”, with 35 teams using #InFocus and #alcoholharm
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