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World Cup Violence
« on: May 26, 2006, 11:48:42 am »
This just in from Hertfordshire Constabulary.

May 26, 2006
ANTICIPATED RISE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
By Corporate Communication Dept


AS the World Cup approaches, Hertfordshire Constabulary is preparing for an expected rise in domestic violence incidents.

Domestic violence is an issue that affects people throughout the year.

Detective Chief Inspector Fiona Gaskell said: “We are anticipating a rise in domestic violence during the World Cup, because people are likely to be drinking more alcohol and this is proved to be an aggravating factor.

“The Constabulary continues to take a tough line on domestic violence and is totally committed to investigating the crime, protecting the victim and relentlessly pursuing the offender.

“We have been distributing a new hard hitting poster to remind offenders that they will be prosecuted.”

The new poster titled ‘Give domestic violence the red card’ has been distributed in many organisations including pubs, clubs, sports centres and colleges across the county.

Hertfordshire Constabulary wants to remind people that there is always someone that they can turn to, and specially trained domestic violence officers are available. There are also many other agencies that people can contact for advice and support.

If you become a victim either during the World Cup, or at any other time, help is available by ringing the police switchboard on 0845 33 00 222 and asking for an officer who covers your area.

In an emergency always ring 999.

The Domestic violence national helpline 0808 2000 247 is available 24 hours a day seven days a week. The Hertfordshire Domestic Violence and Abuse line 08088 088 088 which is available 10am until 8 pm Monday to Friday and can offer advice and guidance.


/end of police news release.
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Re: World Cup Violence
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2006, 08:27:39 am »
Just in via email news alert from Hertfordshire Constabulary.

June 5, 2006
WHILE YOU’RE WATCHING THE WORLD CUP THE POLICE ARE WATCHING YOU
By Corporate Communication Dept


AS the World Cup prepares for kick-off Hertfordshire Constabulary is finalising their plans to deal with the influx of football supporters likely to descend on town centre bars and pubs across the county.

To help police tackle any possible associated violence and disorder that might arise, CCTV cameras will be at the ready to spot and record any incidents.

CCTV systems are highly regarded and used regularly in everyday policing. Over the last decade there have been massive advances in CCTV systems and they are now used extensively in town centres to monitor public order offences, theft, assault and other disorder offences.

Chief Constable Frank Whiteley said: “CCTV enables officers to be deployed more effectively, as monitoring incidents allows police to intervene quickly and stop incidents escalating. It also provides valuable guidance for officers on the scene.

“CCTV is a cost-effective tool, which has assisted in thousands of investigations and encouraged offenders to plead guilty, saving police and court time. Images of offences are seized on a daily basis to identify offenders and witnesses, to approve or disprove alibis and for evidence in trials.”

During the World Cup CCTV control rooms across the county will be monitoring town centres and busy pubs and clubs for any incidents of disorder.

Police are warning that if you are involved in any kind of disorder you will probably be caught on a CCTV camera. If you are not arrested at the time of the incident then you could see your face in the local press.

Frank added: “I recently visited a CCTV control room and I was amazed by the quality of the footage that these systems can now capture. I was allowed to take control of a town centre camera and with the high powered zoom I was able to read all the text on a cars tax disc. If this was recording a public order incident we would be able to identify all the parties involved.

“CCTV is a proven way to reduce crime and is a valuable tool in policing large scale public order events such as the World Cup. It also acts as a deterrent and I would urge people to think twice or face being arrested and sent to court.”

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Re: World Cup Violence
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2006, 10:10:40 am »
Drink Drive Campaign for World Cup

Another news release just in from Hertfordshire Constabulary, this time warning football fans that there is going to be a drink drive campaign for the world cup.

June 5, 2006
WORLD CUP DRINK DRIVE CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF
By Corporate Communication Dept


‘NO Excuses’ is the clear message from police this summer for motorists who are caught drink driving.

Today (Monday June 5) Hertfordshire Constabulary launched this year’s summer drink drive campaign. This latest drive in clamping down on drink driving will run until July 5.

Inspector Keith Tilley, from the Strategic Road Policing Unit, said: “With the World Cup starting we are anticipating more people will go out socialising in the county. Hundreds of people will be going to pubs, bars or private parties to watch the matches and will be consuming alcohol. We want to make sure that these people leave their vehicles at home and do not drink and drive.

“Drinking and driving is an all-year-round problem and your chances of being involved in a collision are increased dramatically if you are under the influence drink or drugs. Drivers who foolishly take the risk pose a serious threat to themselves and to other road users.”

In the county's last Christmas drink drive campaign, 2270 breath tests were carried out with 201 people testing positive. From these 482 tests were administered as a result of a road traffic collision with eight people testing positive.

Keith added: "Drinking and driving is now much less socially acceptable than it used to be. But we recognise that during the summer months, if the weather is warm, some drivers will be tempted to drink more than they should. By doing so they put themselves and other road users at risk.

“I’m particularly concerned about lunchtime and early evening drinking and driving, as well as wanting to raise awareness amongst people who attend summer parties, barbecues and pubs to watch the World Cup. It is all too easy to have a leisurely drink and then be tempted to drive home. You could be breaking the law and will have to live with the consequences if caught or live with the guilt of killing someone - it is just not worth taking a chance.”

Hertfordshire Constabulary takes drink driving very seriously and all police officers will deal firmly with those who drive after consuming alcohol or taking drugs. All drivers who have been involved in a collision can expect to be asked to provide a breath test. Any driver who commits a moving traffic offence or who is suspected of drinking alcohol may also be tested

Keith ended by saying: “My simple message is 'Don't drink and drive'. If you want to drink alcohol, walk home afterwards or take a bus or a cab. If this is not possible, make sure that someone in your party agrees to be the designated driver and doesn't drink alcohol.”

/end of news release.
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