OFFICERS trained to spot the signs of predatory behaviour will be on duty across Worcestershire this festive season as West Mercia Police works with licensed premises to create a safer night out for all.
For the first time plain-clothes police officers, who are specially trained in behavioural detection, will be out and about in towns and city centres across the force area.
The officers will be in pubs and clubs to identify individuals who may be displaying concerning behaviour.
If they spot anyone, they will call on uniform colleagues to intervene to help prevent any criminal offences taking place.
The tactic, funded for by the Safer Streets 5 project granted to West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, has been shown to reduce violence against women and girls and aims to create a safer night time economy for all.
This week also sees the launch of the annual Operation Christmas Presence, which sees extra officers on duty to help keep people safe on some of the busiest nights of the year in town and city centres.
With extra people out celebrating in the run up to Christmas, officers are issuing a warning to anyone intent on causing trouble that they will not be welcome on the region’s streets this weekend.
As part of the operation specialist licensing officers have been working with local authorities and licensed premises across the force to ensure the night time economy remains as safe as possible.
Supt Edward Hancox, head of prevention at West Mercia Police, said:
“From previous experience, we know which nights are likely to be the busiest over the festive period and we will have extra officers on duty to help keep people safe.
“Most people can go out, have a few drinks and enjoy themselves without causing any trouble.
It is the minority who cause trouble and our message to these people is ‘we are looking out for you and we will take action.
“Being drunk is no defence for becoming involved in violent crime or disorder.
When it comes to drinking alcohol, people need take responsibility for their actions and know their limits. Don’t get a criminal record and ruin your future prospects through something you do while you’re drunk.”