An event to mark the launch took place at St Thomas’ Square on 23 April, which also provided a showcase for activities available for young people in the area.
The day highlighted the harm of underage drinking and the CAP, the Newport Neighbourhood Policing Team and the Substance Misuse Service were there with information and advice.
Cabinet member community safety and public protection, Councillor Tig Outlaw, said: “I am delighted to announce the launch of the CAP in Newport. There has been growing concern in the area about the levels of underage drinking and anti-social behaviour and the Newport CAP action plan will aim to prevent youngsters damaging their health, development and opportunities, as well as lessening the impact on the wider community.”
Superintendent Sarah Jackson, who oversees policing on the Isle of Wight, said: “We welcome the launch of the CAP. Newport’s Neighbourhood Policing Team has been working with partners as part of Operation Varney to address anti-social behaviour around the bus station and Church Litten, and we’re seeing a reduction in the number of incidents reported to us.
“The introduction of the CAP will complement the work that’s already been undertaken and will signpost young people to activities and services that will benefit them. This should help to maintain the reduction in reports of anti-social behaviour in Newport that we’ve seen recently.”
The Newport CAP brings together a range of stakeholders, including the council’s Trading Standards Team, police, the Community Safety Partnership and Newport and Carisbrooke Parish Council. Other stakeholders may be added to the group in the future.
CAPs are made up of partnerships between local authorities, police, schools, retailers, neighbourhood groups and health providers, working together to empower communities to tackle alcohol-related harm to young people and improve the quality of life for residents.
They aim to reduce the sale of alcohol to young people, advise on the dangers of drinking and provide alcohol-free activities through youth services and local charities.
Across the country CAPs have had outstanding impacts on local crime, anti-social behaviour, litter, feelings of safety and reductions in the purchase of alcohol.