Lancashire Constabulary's assistant chief constable Mike Cunningham launched Operation Summer Nights yesterday, a partnership campaign to tackle alcohol-related crime (including domestic violence) which is expected to rise during the World Cup. Stories here and here.
In 2005 Operation Summer Nights saw all recorded crime fall by 10%, violent crime reduced by 13%, arson reduced by 7% and criminal damage reduced by 7%. Details on the Lancashire Constabulary site here.
Cunningham said at the launch:
Operation Summer Nights is about letting people know that it is all right to have a good time but not at the expense of others. Our message is "Drink sensibly this summer."
Aims of Operation Summer Nights:
- To reassure the public that agencies are working together to tackle anti-social behaviour, alcohol-related crime and criminal damage at a critical time of year when we often experience an increase - particularly in relation to incidents arising from drinking.
- To reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour, alcohol-related crime and criminal damage and Domestic Violence.
- To increase public confidence and improve feelings of safety.
- To build on the positive work and behaviour of most young people, encouraging everyone to make respecting themselves and others a greater consideration.
Partners working with police include local emergency services, Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority, Lancashire County Council, The Maritime and Coastguard Agency, local Youth Offending Teams, Lancashire Youth and Community Service, each of the Borough Crime and Disorder Partnerships, Connexions Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen Council, Blackpool Borough Council, The Lancashire Young Person's Alcohol Project, The Crown Prosecution Service, Trading Standards and the Lancashire Drugs Action Team.