The Selby district is set to benefit from the launch of a new initiative to cut down on underage drinking and alcohol-related crime.
The Selby CAP (Community Alcohol Partnership) which launched on Monday April 4 will see Police working with local authorities, schools, retailers, neighbourhood groups and health providers. The partner agencies will use education and enforcement to reduce anti-social behaviour.
Local school children will take part in an open and honest discussion which will highlight the health risks and vulnerabilities associated with alcohol.
Police officers will work with trading standards to visit licensed premises. Specialist operations such as “test purchasing” will be used to identify and deal with retailers that are breaking the law.
The public are invited to give their views on what the priorities should be for the Selby CAP. North Yorkshire Police has launched a public survey so it can understand local people’s views on alcohol related anti-social behaviour across the district.
Partners in the CAP include Selby Neighbourhood policing team, North Yorkshire Police, Zoe Metcalfe, the Police and Fire Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Selby District Council, Licensing and Trading Standards, schools, retailers and the local community.
Zoë Metcalfe, Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: “I am really pleased to be working with the Community Alcohol Partnership to help reduce some of the effect that alcohol has on our communities and the harm it can cause our young people. Keeping our young people safe is paramount and this proactive approach to educate on substance misuse, provide alcohol-free activities and avoid underage sales demonstrates how local organisations are uniting to offer support."
Senior Commander for York and Selby, Superintendent Mark Khan said: “Partnership working is high on my agenda so I am delighted to see the long list of local stakeholders that have supported the launch of the Selby CAP.
“Community Alcohol Partnerships have proved hugely successful in other areas, and I am confident that the same level of success will be seen across the Selby District. The CAP will assist us in one of our main priority areas which is reducing anti-social behaviour across the district.”
About Community Alcohol Partnerships
CAPs bring together a range of local stakeholders with a shared interest in preventing underage drinking and encouraging responsible drinking among young adults.
A rigorous evaluation framework shows how this innovative partnership approach has brought significant reductions in alcohol supply to children, alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and underage street drinking, with CAP areas demonstrating:
61% average reductions in weekly drinking among 13–16-year-olds
99% of retailers passed Challenge 25 compliance test for alcohol sales
86% of retailers did not sell alcohol when they suspected it was a ‘proxy’ sale
50% reduction in young people hanging around shops and asking adults to buy alcohol for them
42% reduction in youth alcohol-related anti-social behaviour
For more information see: www.communityalcoholpartnerships.co.uk