Police launch campaign to keep people safe over Christmas

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West Yorkshire Police’s award winning operation to reduce sexual offences is once again hitting the borough in the run-up to Christmas.

Operation Northdale will see officers working alongside police volunteers, special constables, Street Angels and Night Marshalls, to help keep revellers safe over the festive season.

The initiative, which received national recognition at the ACPO Excellence in Policing Awards, has helped to raise awareness of the need for people to drink sensibly, stay together with friends and make prior arrangements to get home safely.

Officers will be identifying vulnerable people and assisting and giving free anti-drink spiking devices, crime prevention advice and flyers containing safety messages to local revellers.

Supporting Operation Northdale a marketing campaign will also be launched from Monday and will feature radio adverts, bar runners in pubs and clubs, dedicated web pages as well as regular messages on West Yorkshire Police’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. A different ‘Countdown to Christmas’ safety tip will also feature on the front page of the West Yorkshire Police website between now and Christmas.

Chief Inspector Jaene Booth said this was about making sure people have a good time in a safe way and excessive drinking does not increase their vulnerability.

“Christmas is a busy time of year in the pubs, bars and clubs around West Yorkshire and it is important that people know the risks that come with alcohol and the impact it can have on their safety.

“We conduct this operation every year as a reminder to people to plan their nights out, stick together, make prior arrangements for safe transport home and do not make themselves vulnerable through binge-drinking.

“Our teams of officers and volunteers will be out providing reassurance to people, in particular women, and I hope people continue to sit up and take note of these important messages and keep themselves safe and out of trouble.”