Tackling alcohol misuse will be a top priority for Devon and Cornwall’s new Police and Crime Commissioner.
PCC Tony Hogg made the pledge after a visit to Plymouth over the weekend where he spent several hours on the front line with police officers. He took part in Operation Expound and also visited a custody suite, CCTV control room, and Crownhill Police station.
He joined police in patrolling pubs and clubs after requesting to see the late night and early morning policing issues in the city centre at first hand.
Mr Hogg said: “The police were very professional about the role they have in protecting life and keeping public order in a very complicated environment. One club we went into had 3000 people in there, and the police handled their appearance, the way they approached people and custody issues very professionally.
“I saw examples of antisocial behaviour and how the police dealt with it. Alcohol misuse, for me, is way up at the top of the list of issues because of the damage it can do in terms of wider violence, the effect on children and the pressure it puts on the police service.
“Alcohol in moderation is fine. I hope that everyone has a great time, particularly over the Christmas period, but when alcohol is misused, it consumes resources in a huge way. It puts a strain on the police, hospitals and social services, and there’s a direct correlation with domestic violence and other forms of violence. We need to understand that when alcohol is used in an inappropriate way the cost is enormous.”