NSW Police Force Alcohol Strategy 2014-2018
Alcohol is the most commonly used drug in Australia. Whilst most people drink alcohol in a responsible manner, the social, physical and economic consequences which result from the misuse of alcohol by the minority are high and, importantly, preventable. Consequently, alcohol misuse continues to be a significant burden on society and government requiring agencies, particularly the NSW Police Force, to allocate substantial time and resources to preventing and responding to the problem.
The NSW Police Force Alcohol Strategy 2014 – 2018 sets out how the NSW Police Force will work together with other agencies and the community to reduce alcohol-related harm in NSW.
The NSW Police Force is largely involved in reducing the inappropriate supply of alcohol. However to address alcohol misuse police also have an important role to play reducing the demand for alcohol as well as the harms experienced by individuals who drink excessively.
Over the next four years, five priority areas for reducing alcohol-related harm have been identified for police action.
1. Effective enforcement of liquor licensing legislation
Objective: To reduce the inappropriate supply of alcohol
2. Preventing and reducing antisocial and violent behaviour
Objective: To improve community safety and public amenity, particularly in the night-time economy.
3. Preventing alcohol-related road trauma
Objective: To reduce the incidence of alcohol-related crashes, fatalities and injuries on NSW roads.
4. Protecting ‘at risk’ and vulnerable individuals and communities from alcohol-related harm
Objective: To minimise the potential long-term and short-term harms associated with alcohol use among those communities disproportionately affected.
5. Supporting culture change around excessive drinking
Objective: To increase awareness as to the significant harms associated with alcohol misuse.