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."
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