‘Breathalysed-on-entry’ Police Scheme
Selected Digbeth venues have signed up a to the Breathalysed-on-entry scheme recently launched by West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council.
The scheme arms door staff with Alco-Blow detectors which can measure alcohol when breathed into from a few inches. The detectors can also help determine if revellers are disguising alcohol in a soft drink bottle.
Central Birmingham Police Sergeant Dave Francis, said: “In recent years we’ve seen an explosion in pre-loading culture when people come into the city centre already drunk. Obviously, heavily drunk people are a danger to themselves and more likely to get involved in alcohol-related crime and disorder.”
Door staff will collect age and gender information when using the Alco-Blow detectors to provide a clearer picture of the types of people drinking to excess. It is hoped this data will inform new policing strategies to reduce alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and crime.