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Derbyshire Police officers are urging people throughout Derbyshire to be safe this Christmas when partying or on a night out.





 













 

Police Officers urge people across Derbyshire to party safe this Christmas

by Amber Valley Info on Saturday 8 December 2018



Derbyshire Police officers are urging people throughout Derbyshire to be safe this Christmas when partying or on a night out.


The advice comes as the festive party season gets underway, and our towns and the city get busier with people celebrating Christmas with colleagues, friends and family.


There will be an increased police presence in our towns and in the city during the Christmas period, and our officers have been working with partnership organisations, pubs and clubs to keep people safe by encouraging responsible alcohol sales.


Pubwatch venues across the county are taking part in the Ask for Angela initiative, to encourage anyone feeling unsafe or uncomfortable on a night out to approach bar staff for help.


The campaign allows anyone to go to the bar and simply ask to speak to ‘Angela’ to show they are in an uncomfortable situation or need help. Staff will then call a taxi or discreetly offer help and venues partaking in the scheme will display posters sharing the message.


Police are also encouraging people across Derbyshire to download the free personal safety app, HollieGuard, to their smart phones to help them feel safe in vulnerable situations.


The HollieGuard app can track a person’s location, and if they feel unsafe they can shake their phone to warn their contacts that they might be in danger. It will then record both audio and visual footage of what is happening, and if the phone is shaken again, a flashing light and high pitched alarm will sound.


These initiatives are part of Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa's Safe Night Out strategy combating alcohol-related harm and crime.


Chief Inspector Glenn Hoggard, Operations Manager for policing on North Division, said: “Work parties, festive drinks and family celebrations are all part of the Christmas fun and Derbyshire has some great places to enjoy a night out.


“Please remember though, that drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can change your normal behaviour. It could make you more aggressive or likely to commit a crime, or make you less aware of what is going on around you and make you more vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime.”


Their tips for a safe and fun night out are:


 


Ch. Insp. Hoggard added: “Everyone wants to have a good time and we certainly don’t want to put a stop to that. What we do want to do is to make sure that people stay safe.


“You can help us by drinking responsibly, planning how to get home safely, staying with or watching out for friends and walking away from any from any trouble should it arise.”


For more information on the HollieGuard app and how to download it, please visit www.hollieguard.com


To get help in an emergency, always dial 999. To report an incident that isn’t an emergency situation call 101.


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