City police promote responsible drinking in bid to drive down Square Mile crime

The City of London Police is supporting a National Alcohol Awareness Week, highlighting not only the need for people to drink responsibly in the Square Mile but also to stay safe from criminals operating in the area.

Throughout the campaign the force’s Licensing Team will be carrying out a variety of activities, including carrying out talks at local schools and universities, focusing on unlicensed taxis, engaging with licensees and setting up a ‘triage’ centre on Friday night.

The team will be working in partnership with Safer City Partnership, St John’s Ambulance, the UK Border Agency, the Department for Work and Pensions and HMRC.

Inspector McKoy, from City of London Police Licensing Team, said: “The Square Mile is a great place to come for a night out or a quiet drink after work.

“However, you need to remember that criminals also operate in the City and will target people who appear distracted or vulnerable – whether that’s because they have drunk too much, are on their own, or are a tourist that doesn’t know the area.“

The triage centre will be held at Paternoster Row from 8pm, with officers will be on hand to provide safety advice and help people get home safely after their night in the City.

Each day this week the force will be releasing a new video on its YouTube channel, showing people how to enjoy a night out in the Square Mile whilst protecting yourself from crime.

The force will be tweeting links to these videos throughout the week as well as crime prevention tips and advice about drinking responsibly.

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