Police see drop in alcohol related crime

ALCOHOL related violent crime in North Herts has been reduced, say Herts police. Chief Insp David Partridge described the drop in alcohol related violent crime as encouraging . He said: The key to the turn-around in offending was partnership working.

ALCOHOL related violent crime in North Herts has been reduced, say Herts police.

Chief Insp David Partridge described the drop in alcohol related violent crime as "encouraging".

He said: "The key to the turn-around in offending was partnership working."

Mr Partridge continued: "Alcohol related violence is not just a police issue, it effects all of the emergency services and the community at large.


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"This is an excellent example of how working with local authorities we have reduced alcohol related violence," he said.

By July, 2006, drink related serious violent crime was up by 54 offences on the previous year, but this year there were 42 fewer crimes.

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One reason, too, for the reduction was two operations - Operation Strike and Operation Sheen - which enhanced patrols at peak times, which were identified as being Fridays and Saturdays from 11pm to 3am.

"We identified some prime hot-spots and targeted offenders for drink related assaults, criminal damage and public order offences," said Mr Partridge.

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