A new Drink Think project, which aims to help first time offenders of alcohol-related crimes, was launched this week.
Entitled ‘One too Many could Spoil your Future’, the project was developed in partnership with the Policing Community Safety Partnership (PCSP).
The local PSNI team, talking about the launch on their Facebook page, said, “Getting involved in a drink-fuelled fracas can have all sorts of consequences.
“For a victim, it can result in life-changing injuries. For a perpetrator, the consequences could also be long lasting.
“A criminal conviction can be a barrier to a desired career – it could also affect plans to travel or emigrate.
“For these reasons we are pleased, along with the Policing and Community Safety Partnership, to support the Drink Think Partnership in a new campaign,using posters and billboards to spell out the message. They feature a man called “John” who has found that a conviction for assault means he cannot travel to Australia. The USA also has a very tough policy on admitting people with convictions.”
Recent statistics from the PSNI for the Foyle and Strabane area show just how prevalent alcohol related crime is. Over 60% of indecent behaviour crimes are shown to be alcohol related and 1,214 assault crimes have been found to be alcohol fuelled in the last year.
For more information on the project you can call the Drink Think Project on 02871363925.