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Wiltshire Police support alcohol awareness week of action PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2014 09:31

Wiltshire Police are backing a national campaign to raise alcohol awareness.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) launched the week-long campaign today (Friday 19th September).

Local officers and the Force Licensing Team will be running inspections and test purchase operations across the force area, identifying under 18’s being served within licensed premises and providing strong enforcement.

The days of action will also see visits to local licensees to provide them with written guidance on all aspects of licensing.

Tackling alcohol awareness is a joint approach from the public, health services and our partners.

The week of action is an important reminder about raising awareness of the dangers of alcohol, reinforce the responsibilities of licensees and safeguard those on nights out across the county.

A large part of the licensing team’s work focuses on targeting the night time economy in large towns such as Swindon and Salisbury.

A key focus for the Force Licensing Team will be publicising the importance of the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) and the risks of identity fraud.

PASS cards are a single, standardised card design that are easily recognisable, giving confidence to retailers that they can accept it as proof of age across the UK.

PASS Cards are supported by the Home Office, Trading Standards Institute, Security Industry Authority (SIA) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

Over 50% of passports lost in the UK going missing on nights out- this is a major concern for identity fraud. 18-25 year olds are encouraged to apply for a PASS card.

Nightclubs and pubs are likely to seize passports and driving licenses which are falsely used by an individual. It is an offence to use someone else’s ID. Lending your friend or sibling your ID document could see you facing prosecution under the Identity Documents Act or other legislation.

More information on the PASS ID can be found on their website:

David Bennett, Force Licensing Manager, said: “It is important we support the national ACPO campaigns. We work continuously to improve the licensing arena across the county.

"This week we will be running extra operations to promote public safety and to reduce crime associated with alcohol.”

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