SOUTH Yorkshire Police has launched its ‘Shaken and Slurred’ Christmas campaign.
The campaign highlights the key messages - reducing and preventing drink driving, domestic violence issues and alcohol related violence which often see an increase at Christmas.
Extra patrols will be conducted across Doncaster with officers using additional powers such as dispersal orders and fixed penalty tickets to deal with anyone engaging in criminal or nuisance behaviour whilst under the influence of drink.
In a new initiative, the police have linked up with the NHS to reduce the demand placed on the ambulance service by utilising officers from the Special Constabulary who will be in the paramedic car on Friday and Saturday nights. The paramedic vehicle can quickly deal with injured people in the town centre, as they will not need to wait for police assistance reducing the demand at the hospital.
Police and partners talked to students at Doncaster College about staying safe during the festive period. As well as a presentation by police on the dangers of using knives, advice was given to the students on the dangers of taking drugs.A car that had been involved in an actual road traffic collision was also on display at the college to highlight the dangers of drunk and dangerous driving.
The police are working closely with the licensed premises ensuring they have adequate staff and training for the period. Test purchase operations will be conducted at licensed premises throughout the month.
Officers and council staff, will be in the town centre during evenings to offer advice and help to victims of domestic violence. They will also be visiting repeat victims and offenders. All reports of domestic violence will be dealt with effectively, with victims receiving additional support from partner agencies.