Police support to tackle alcohol-related crime

Police and other organisations will work together to address local problems caused by alcohol abuse

​Police forces, local authorities and healthcare providers across parts of England and Wales are being invited to work together as part of a national programme to support vulnerable people and reduce alcohol-related crime.
The second phase of the Home Office's Local Alcohol Action Areas (LAAA) programme was launched last month and saw 33 new regions coming on board, in addition to the 20 areas which signed up when the programme was initially started in February 2014.

Each area taking part in the programme will receive government support to put in place a local plan which will see the police, licensing authorities and health organisations working with businesses to address problems caused by alcohol in their area.

The plan will see representatives from the different organisations develop ideas and practical solutions to tackle local issues - such as criminal offences and health problems - linked to alcohol abuse.

They will receive support and expertise in crime prevention, licensing and public health from the Home Office, Public Health England, the Welsh Government and Nightworks, a company that specialises in supporting businesses operating at night. 

The plans for the second phase of the LAAA include training on spotting and supporting vulnerability for people working at night, establishing safe spaces, awareness raising campaigns around alcohol misuse and domestic violence, and reviewing public transport.

The programme will run for two years and LAAA areas will also be put in touch with mentors who have successfully tackled the issues that they face to give them an opportunity to share best practice.

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