West Mercia's crackdown on 'predatory behaviour' in bid for safer night for all this Christmas - The Evesham Observer

West Mercia's crackdown on 'predatory behaviour' in bid for safer night for all this Christmas

Evesham Editorial 16th Dec, 2023   0

OFFICERS trained to spot the signs of predatory behaviour will be on duty across Worcestershire this festive season as West Mercia Police works with licensed premises to create a safer night out for all.

Plain-clothes police officers specially trained in behavioural detection will be out in towns and city centres across the force area.

The officers will be in pubs and clubs to identify individuals who may be displaying concerning behaviour.

If they spot anyone, they will call on uniform colleagues to intervene to help prevent any criminal offences taking place.

Funded by the Safer Streets 5 project, the tactic is a proven way to reduce violence against women and girls.

Operation Christmas Presence is also in action with extra officers on duty to keep people safe on some of the busiest nights of the year.

Officers have warned anyone intent on causing trouble they will not be welcome on the region’s streets this weekend.

Specialist licensing officers are working with local authorities and licensed premises to ensure the night time economy remains safe.

Supt Edward Hancox, head of prevention at West Mercia Police, said:

“From previous experience, we know which nights are likely to be the busiest over the festive period and we will have extra officers on duty to help keep people safe.

“Most people can go out, have a few drinks and enjoy themselves without causing any trouble.

It is the minority who cause trouble and our message to these people is ‘we are looking out for you and we will take action.

“Being drunk is no defence for becoming involved in violent crime or disorder.

“When it comes to drinking alcohol, people need take responsibility for their actions and know their limits. Don’t get a criminal record and ruin your future prospects through something you do while you’re drunk.”

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