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Hertfordshire Police crackdown on drunkenness
Police are calling for businesses and drinkers to behave more responsibly towards alcohol.
As part of a nationwide week of action, Hertfordshire Constabulary is deploying safer neighbourhood policing teams and special constables in drinking hotspots.
They are carrying out licensing checks, building relations with businesses in need of more policing because of their involvement in the night time economy and making sure revellers get home safely.
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said the national initiative was in line with his plans for the county.
He added: “I have been clear in my plan for the county, that we all need to take responsibility for keeping our community safe.
“That applies equally to businesses and to drinkers."
Mr Lloyd has also welcomed proposals from police chiefs for ‘drunk tanks’ paid for by unruly drinkers.
Run by private companies, the holding cells would care for drinkers too intoxicated to look after themselves and and present them with a bill in the morning.
Mr Lloyd said: “The notion of a drunk tank, with the drunks bearing the cost of their own care, resonates with my ‘offender pays’ ideas.
"I want to see those responsible bearing much more of the costs of crime.
"Though this is squarely at the ideas stage, it certainly looks like a good idea and one that I would be happy to explore.”
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