Freshers Week: Dorset Police warn students over excess alcohol
FRESHERS students in Dorset are being warned about alcohol harm with Dorset Police carrying out additional patrols this week.
Students in Bournemouth and other town centres in Dorset will see an increased police presence, coinciding with freshers week to reduce alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour.
The initiative is part of the 'In Focus' campaign, being led by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) which runs from September 18th to September 22nd.
Dorset Police's University Liaison Officer PC Andy Scarratt said: "We will be offering students advice on staying safe whilst on nights out.
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"Our aim is for individuals to enjoy their student experience but in a safe and well informed way."
Dorset Police works with bar and door staff at venues to prevent crime and disorder caused by alcohol abuse and anti-social disorder.
Nationally, almost 50 per cent of all violent crime is alcohol related.
Sergeant Richard Niemer added: "Alcohol is a major contributory factor in all types of crime, especially violent crime.
"By all means enjoy yourself, but at the same time stay aware of how much you have had ti drink and keep yourself safe. Drinking to excess leaves you very vulnerable."