A complex issue
KEVIN Roche in his letter (Your Say, , August 21) raised questions on manning, costs, partnership and the chemistry of our city's Evening and Night Time Economy (ENTE).
Mr Roche stated on July 24: "Plymouth verges on the lawless"; August 6: "streets of Plymouth are not safe"; August 9: "no police presence, large numbers of people, no dedicated taxi service".
Mr Roche reminds us 30,000 hours are used policing our ENTE. That works out at approximately nine officers working 9pm til 6am daily, seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year.
Officers working in a visual front line capacity are not dedicated to solely policing our city's ENTE. Is Mr Roche's proposal that licensed bars and clubs are to be additionally taxed for a dedicated visual static policing service dust until dawn?
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The importance of partnership and local innovations and accreditations such as St John Paramedics, Best Bar None (BBN) and volunteer Street Pastors should be acknowledged. Is Mr Roche unable to visualise the role and value between volunteer and emergency services acting conjointly towards a safer ENTE?
Combined with a dedicated visual policing service our ENTE, coordinated and managed, has the potential to be viewed as a unique asset to Plymouth's appeal and desire in becoming a vibrant destination waterfront city.
It remains my opinion that the underlying problems of alcohol related crime and anti social behaviour are too complex and will not be addressed merely through further regulation or additional taxation.
By understanding, coordinating and managing our ENTE, Plymouth will go some way to achieving our goal of providing a safer, attractive, vibrant, social experience.