As the festive season continues, please look after yourselves, have fun and celebrate safely.
Over the past few months, the force has been busy planning for the upcoming weeks including ensuring proactive patrols are in place across the whole force area and that our officers and staff are here to help keep you safe.
This includes extra patrols and shifts which are planned for key dates across Christmas and New Year which are usually some of the busiest nights of the year for the force.
Superintendent Aimeé Ramm said: “As the festive season gets well and truly underway, we want to ensure that all your celebrations are fun and safe. Our officers are out and about, carrying out proactive high-visibility patrols both at day and night to be there for you, to help you and to respond quick and effectively to incidents and reports when required to.
“Please work with us by looking after yourselves and your friends and families and celebrating responsibly while having fun. This includes taking steps such as ensuring you plan ahead when having a night out, staying with your friends and ensuring you know how you are going to get home. Please also remember the ‘Ask for Angela’ scheme which allows anyone who feels intimidated, threatened or in a vulnerable situation while in a bar or club to discreetly alert staff who will provide support. Further information can be found at the bottom of this release.
“If you feel unsafe on a night out or start to feel unwell, please always make sure you tell someone such as a member of bar staff and please ensure you report any suspicious behaviour or incidents to police.”
Licensing teams across force continue to work with pubs, bars, clubs and licensing teams within local authorities. This work includes continuing to ensure premises are aware of signs to look out for in relation to potential spiking incidents and that any incident is immediately reported to the police. Our social media channels will also continue to share safety advice and information across the coming weeks.
Superintendent Ramm said: “Thank you for working with us in this way and we wish you all a safe and enjoyable festive season. Thank you also once again to all of our officers and staff who are giving up time with their own families to help keep our communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland safe during this festive season.”
You can report incidents to us online at www.leics.police.uk or by calling 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.
We are committed with partner agencies to making public places safer for everyone. If you feel unsafe in an area of Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland you can also report it through the force website here - StreetSafe | Leicestershire Police (leics.police.uk) This helps us identify areas which need attention.