Kent to roll out alcohol partnerships

Kent’s Community Alcohol Partnership scheme is being rolled out across the county after successful pilot schemes in Edenbridge, Canterbury and Thanet.

An independent evaluation by the University of Kent found that criminal damage dropped 28% in the pilot areas, and there was also a drop in reports of people being drunk or rowdy in public places.

KCAP is led by Kent County Council Trading Standards, who work with retailers, the Kent Drug & Alcohol Action Team, Kent Police, the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group, district and borough councils and health authorities.

It has already been extended to a number of other towns around Kent to support and advise retailers, raise awareness of alcohol-related issues and enforce licensing laws.

Now organisers are calling on other Kent communities to implement the scheme in their areas.

Chief Constable of Kent Police Ian Learmonth said: “The Kent Community Alcohol Partnership commenced in 2008 with key pilot sites that had agreed to take part in the exciting new programme. A great deal of activity has taken place since that launch which has seen KCAP grow into the largest such Community Alcohol Partnership in the country. I am very proud of the work that all partners have carried out to make this such a successful initiative.”

Jonathan Neame, Chief Executive of Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham, Kent, said: “The best way to tackle alcohol-related disorder is through local partnership between industry and all relevant authorities to deliver targeted enforcement and education initiatives. KCAP is a shining example of this approach.”

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