Launch of Safer Streets campaign in Aberdeenshire

Agencies across Aberdeenshire are teaming up to reduce antisocial behaviour and alcohol-related violence at summer events across the region.

Last year’s hugely successful Summer Safer Streets campaign is being relaunched to keep antisocial behaviour and violence to a minimum at public events across the region, such as shows and games.

Grampian Police officers will be highly visible at community events and keeping a close eye out for anyone who is intent on trying to ruin the occasion for the vast majority of law-abiding citizens.

Over the course of the 12 weeks of the campaign last year there were no serious assaults at the events, and crime was at a three-year low. In addition, detection rates for offences were at the highest levels in three years.

Grampian Police is also teaming up with colleagues from Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership, Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, Aberdeenshire Council licensing standards officers, Barnardos and Turning Point Scotland to offer advice and support to underage drinkers in the form of Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABI).

Licensing standards and police officers will visit licensed marquees and premises, and any underage person found under the influence of alcohol, or in possession of alcohol, will be offered a referral to the ABI worker.

The worker will then contact the young person and arrange to meet them to discuss their alcohol use and provide support and advice.

Grampian Police Chief Inspector Andrew Todd says: “One of our key priorities is to prevent violence and antisocial behaviour. Unfortunately, alcohol related violence and antisocial behaviour can be evident at some of our summer shows and games within Aberdeenshire.

“We are very pleased that our local policing teams will once again work with partners and the shows and games event organisers to ensure that alcohol related violence and antisocial behaviour is minimised and that Aberdeenshire remains a safe place to visit, live and work.”

Funding provided by the Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership will facilitate the joint activities.”