Number: A0300 Date Published: 21 May 2021 Version 3 – May 2021
1.0 Summary of Changes
This policy has been updated to remove reference to superseded documentation and remove grammatical errors. The owner and author details have also been updated.
2.0 What this Policy is About
This policy is written in accordance with the Essex Police strategic objectives to uphold the law, protect people from harm and prevent and reduce crime and harm, supported by the 2016 Modern Crime Prevention Strategy and the Police & Crime Plan objectives to tackle the consequences of alcohol.
This policy aims to support delivery against the four national licensing objectives:
i) The prevention of crime & disorder; ii) Public safety; iii) The prevention of public nuisance; iv) The protection of children from harm.
Licensable and related activity is legislated by the following:
Licensing Act 2003
Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997
The Licensed Premises (Exclusions of Certain Persons) Act 1980
Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006
Criminal Justice & Immigration Act 2008
Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014
Police Reform & Social Responsibility Act 2011
Home Office Practical Guide for Preventing & Dealing with Alcohol Related Problems 2010
Compliance with this policy and any linked procedures is mandatory.
3.0 Statement of Policy
Recognising the clear links between alcohol licensing, night time economy and crime reduction, protecting victims from harm, satisfaction, confidence and bringing offenders to justice, Essex Police will take a robust but proportionate approach when dealing with licensed premises which conduct their business at the expense of victims of crime and to the detriment of the quality of life of the local community.
In line with the statutory guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003, Essex Police will work closely with the premises and a range of partners, especially local authorities and trading standards:
To achieve this we will:
Work to assess risks, trends and incidents associated with licensed premises;
Ensure continual professional development and training of licensing staff and supervisors;
Conduct regular inspections of licensed premises;
Record all licensing activity on the relevant IT system;
Facilitate tasking/enforcement activity;
Share relevant information with partners;
Develop positive working relationships with the licensing trade;
Analyse information on a monthly basis to identity problematic premises;
Quality assure licensing activity through Local Policing Support Unit (LPSU) (HQ);
Take enforcement action where appropriate.
4.0 Implications of the Policy
4.1 Finance / Staffing / Training / Other
Whilst there are no direct financial implications arising from this policy, there may be associated operational costs when adopting tactical options, such as certain initiatives described within the 2010 Home Office guidance (The Practical Guide for Preventing and Dealing with Alcohol Related Problems). Licensing police staff require suitable training and accreditation to ensure professional competence. Police officers and special constables within licensing roles (i.e. those special constables nominated as Operation Benison SPOC’s or community constables working within community hubs) may require additional training.
4.2 Risk Assessment(s)
The Force must comply with its statutory obligations as defined within licensing legislation, whilst delivering quality of service that promotes satisfaction and confidence in Policing.
4.3 Equality Impact Assessment
EIA – May 2021
This policy has been prepared in consultation with:
Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator
Health & Safety
Women’s Leadership Development Forum
Work Life Balance
NEXUS – Acting Chair
Christian Police Association
6.0 Monitoring and Review
This policy will be subject to review by, on or behalf of, the Head of LPSU every 3 years.
7.0 Related Force policies or related procedures
A 0302 Procedure – Under-Aged Alcohol Sales – Enforcement
A 0303 Procedure – Behave or be Banned Protocol
8.0 Other source documents, e.g. legislation, Authorised Professional Practice (APP), partnership agreements (if applicable)
2010 Home Office guidance - The Practical Guide for Preventing and Dealing with Alcohol Related Problems