AN INFLATABLE tent could become a key figure in the battle against alcohol-related crime and its victims in Solihull.
Local officers want the tent to become a familiar sight in the community especially on key dates in the calendar such as Christmas and New Year. A pilot project last year proved a great success as over the four days it helped 27 people and saved 24 hospital visits.
As part of the campaign against domestic abuse and alcohol related crime, the Solihull Partnership - involving the police, the Care Trust and the local council – secured £25,000 last summer.
Some of the money has been spent on bus advertising and stickers with emergency numbers that were secured to the backs of toilet doors in pubs and clubs and changing rooms in shops.
The partnership was joined by the ambulance service, the NHS Heart of England Foundation trust, alcohol referral group Aquarius, and voluntary domestic abuse organisations in staffing the point in the town centre from 8pm to about 4am on key nights.
Inspector Philip Radbourne, from West Midlands Police, said: “The Care Point meant there was a mini A&E in the town centre where we met people and gave out advice on safe drinking and helped those who needed it.
“Police and medical staff were able to deal with everything there on site instead of all the travel times and issues usually involved.”
“There was a massive benefit for the police and we had a visible presence in the centre. It was a pilot project and it is one we want to continue.”