Welcome to Community Alcohol Partnerships

Launched in 2011, the Stanley CAP was submitted to an independent evaluation by the Social Futures Institute at Teeside University, who stated that for a project in the early stages of its development the overall finding was unequivocally positive.


The independent evaluation stated that:

"CAP is showing early and encouraging signs of success regarding the primary measurable objective of harm-reduction. A number of interconnected factors uncovered by the evaluative research indicate a substantial enhancement of community engagement and guardianship. This initial cultural shift is, in turn, having a palpable impact on the everyday behaviour of young people who frequent locations outside the home where alcohol misuse is known to be likely to occur."

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Some key findings from the independent report were:

  • The number of seizures of alcohol from individuals in locations where vulnerable young people tend to present declined
  • Where seizures were made, the early intervention by CAP patrols resulted in a marked reduction in associated ASB when compared to the rest of the County (8.8% compared to 37.2%). This would tend to suggest the alcohol was being seized before drunkenness became prevalent and the individual/community suffered any resultant harm.
  • The number of 'repeat seizures' from individuals remained low.
  • The number and frequency of attempted underage and proxy sales from retailers declined.
  • Both the Business and Neighbourhood surveys identified a decline in the reports of underage drinking as a problem issue. In a post pilot series of 30 test purchases undertaken collaboratively by police and trading standards only one retailer failed.
  • The CAP and its developing infrastructure was proactive in addressing issues and adopted a reflexive approach in dealing with these issues as they emerged.
  • The CAP's operational management enabled rapid gains to be made in terms of community engagement and retailer support
I welcome the reduction in alcohol related youth anti-social behaviour. The CAP model has promoted effective and innovative partnership work between enforcement agencies, businesses and local community groups and has clearly played an important part in this. I would encourage every area with evidence of alcohol related youth crime to give serious consideration to setting up a CAP to reduce crime and build safer neighbourhoods.

Mike Penning
Minister of State for Policing, Criminal Justice and Policing