Thames Valley Police is taking part in the national campaign to highlight the realities of dealing with drunkenness and alcohol-related incident.
TVP is running a Tweetathon on Friday and Saturday to live Tweet details of some of the calls the control room is receiving and details of what officers are up to as they patrol the towns and cities of Thames Valley.
The force is running a number of operations and initiatives to support the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) In Focus: Alcohol Harm week, including fake ID operations, condition of entry nights, test purchasing operations at shops and bars and multi-agency licensing inspections.
Chief Inspector Colleen Lavery, from Neighbourhood Policing and Partnerships, said: “The harm that alcohol can have on our communities and the impact it has on policing is not always recognised.
“Our officers often have to care for people who have clearly failed to take care of themselves. Drinking so much that you can’t think clearly makes you vulnerable and more likely to become a victim of crime, be injured or be involved in violence.
“The night-time economy is obviously an important part of policing our towns and cities, but we are not there to take people home or mediate drunken arguments. We’d prefer our officers to be in their communities rather than being pulled off their beats into town centres every weekend.
“By live tweeting for 12 hours examples of the types of calls we receive on a typical Friday night as a result of excessive alcohol consumption, we hope it will make people think about their own personal responsibility to themselves when out socialising and not be a drain on police resources because you have had too much to drink and can’t look after yourself.”
> Follow the Tweetathon at @ThamesVP from 4pm on Friday and Saturday.