Partygoers across the county are being encouraged to have fun safely while out celebrating the festive cheer this Christmas .
As thousands head out to celebrate Christmas they will also be joined by hundreds of police officers, police community support officers and special constables on patrol protecting local towns and city centres from any drunk and disorderly behaviour.
Officers ultimately want everyone to enjoy themselves during what is a happy time of year but to ensure they do so safely and sensibly.
Partygoers are advised to follow a number of tips to ensure their night out remains safe.
• Plan how you and your friends are going to get home. Have contact details for legitimate private hire taxi firms or use a black cab from a licensed carriage rank
• Be wary of not drinking excessively before you go out and pace your drinks while in pubs and clubs
• Ensure you remain with your friends at all times and never be left on your own
A total of 99 people were arrested for being drunk and disorderly in December 2016 with officers also issuing dispersal orders to those who committed anti-social behaviour, preventing them from entering the area.
Anyone arrested for anti-social behaviour or for being drunk and disorderly faces the prospect of a fine of up to £1,000 and could even receive a criminal record, which could affect you for the rest of your life.
Superintendent Paul Beauchamp, who heads up the Constabulary’s Taskforce, said: “Christmas is a fantastic time of year and I want everyone to know that ultimately we want you to have fun celebrating but to make sure you do so safely.
“We will have officers on patrol to provide reassurance and make sure everyone is drinking sensibly and behaving themselves.
“Traditionally we do see an increase in the number of drunk and disorderly incidents at this time of year and that’s why we’re asking partygoers to stay safe and take extra care while out celebrating.
“We’re not trying to spoil the fun; we all like to celebrate Christmas and of course we want you to enjoy it. We just simply ask that people drink responsibly and look after themselves and their friends.
“Anyone who does break the law will be dealt with but I’m sure people would much rather wake up at home than in one of our custody cells.”