West Mercia Police Prepared For Euro 2012
West Mercia Police is ready to help the public enjoy the next big event of the summer, the Euro 2012 football tournament.
The competition starts today as hosts Poland take on Greece with England's group matches taking place on Monday (11 June), Friday (15 June) and Tuesday 19 June.
Officers want to reassure local residents that they are ‘putting in extra time' to make sure town and city centres remain peaceful and warning anyone who might indulge in violence and disorder, ‘kick off and face the penalty'.
Major international football matches also see a significant increase in incidents of domestic abuse and we are encouraging victims to ‘show domestic abuse the red card'.
Chief Inspector Melanie Crowther, who is leading the policing operation for Euro 2012, said: "While the summer of 2012 is packed with major events, we are making sure there will be a high-profile policing presence in our town and city centres throughout Euro 2012, particularly on the days England are playing.
"We want everyone to enjoy themselves, but we'll be cracking down on any alcohol-related violence or disorder and making sure town centres are safe for all local residents, whether they are interested in the football or not.
"West Mercia Police is working with publicans, off-licenses and supermarkets to ensure that alcohol is sold responsibly and individuals need to take personal responsibility for their actions and be aware of the effect they may have on other people and the wider community.
"An unfortunate consequence of international matches is the increase in domestic abuse - it is a serious crime that should not and will not be tolerated. We are trying to get the message across to victims that they should not suffer in silence and they need to blow the whistle on domestic abuse.
"We work closely with partners to provide support for victims, encourage them to report abuse and effectively prosecute offenders. If you or somebody you know needs confidential help or advice, call the domestic abuse helpline on 0800 783 1359 or you can also call the police on 101."
Issued: Friday 8 June 2012