December 11 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 20, 2013
Police in Suffolk are asking revellers to drink responsibly when they go out this weekend and not to be a drain on resources because of too much alcohol.
This week police forces countrywide are supporting a week-long In Focus: Alcohol Harm initiative that aims to highlight the realities of dealing with drunkenness and alcohol-related incidents.
Officers want to highlight what a drain on resources those who drink excessively can be by either making themselves vulnerable or committing offences.
The force gave an example of a typical incident of someone becoming violent on a night out in Suffolk – an alleged assault outside a bar – to show the amount of officers would need to get involved from start to finish.
A call taker would handle the initial report to log details onto the police system, followed by a dispatcher sending four officers – two on foot and two in a patrol car – to the scene.
When the offender starts struggling and resisting arrest, a crowd gathers, and additional officers – eight in total – are sent to deal with the offender and the crowd. A police van with a driver and two further officers then attend to transport the detained offender.
While the offender is en route to the Police Investigation Centre, officers must remain on scene taking witness details and accounts.
The offender is booked into custody by the officer who attended the incident and the custody sergeant and is put in a cell and checked on an hourly basis by custody staff to ensure his health is at risk from his excessive alcohol consumption.
Investigations and paperwork continue throughout the night and in less than 12 hours the offender has engaged 17 different officers and staff.
Superintendent Jon Dodman said: “Something as preventable as becoming disorderly having had too much to drink can become a serious drain on police resources.
“This simple scenario involved the time and effort of around seventeen officers and staff and situations like this are repeated throughout the county time and time again.
“People need to take responsibility for themselves and know their drinking limits. Our resources would be used to much better effect in local communities rather than being pulled into town centres every weekend to deal with people who wouldn’t act in this manner if they hadn’t consumed so much alcohol.”
The @SuffolkPolice Twitter account will be tweeting throughout Saturday night whilst out on patrol with officers in Ipswich town centre as part of a national ‘tweetathon’.