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Jim joins alcohol patrol at frontline

Jim joins alcohol patrol at frontline

Wigram MP Jim Anderton, who chairs the Ministerial Committee on Drug Policy, will tonight see for himself the challenges and difficulties that our frontline police force have in dealing with alcohol-related crime and disorder.

He will be accompanying Inspector John Doyle, District Commander, and Peter Laloli, Senior Sergeant, Hornby Police, from 10 p.m. through to the early hours of Saturday morning on liquor licensing patrol.

"On Tuesday, I will be releasing some initiatives aimed at tackling alcohol and drug problems that the Progressive Party secured in the coalition government's Budget 2005, and tonight I hope to learn more about the practical challenges that our frontline face every night to keep our communities safer," Jim Anderton said.

Earlier this year, Jim Anderton met with Chief Constable John Giffard of the Staffordshire Police in his capacity as chair of the Ministerial Committee on Drug Policy.

Chief Constable Giffard, who was here as a keynote speaker at an ALAC Conference where he spoke on 'the challenge of policing the night-time economy in the United Kingdom," recommended that parliamentarians should take the opportunity to join the frontline if an opportunity arose to do so.

Jim Anderton's Progressive Party has a particular interest in promoting policies that will reduce the harm caused by alcohol for young people, their families and the community. Its deputy leader, Matt Robson has drafted a law change aimed at reducing youth binge drinking that the party is optimistic will receive wide cross-party support.

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