A hard-hitting video showing the horrific impact of violent crime has been published by Northamptonshire Police.
The film, which was shot partly in Northampton town centre, features archive CCTV footage of drunken youths involved in mass brawls and people being knocked out in apparently random attacks.
The film was launched by the force this morning at an event designed to highlight the issue of violent crime in the county.
Northamptonshire’s chief constable, Adrian Lee, said he believed society was currently too tolerant towards people who drink too much and become violent.
Addressing the conference audience, Mr Lee said it was the force’s ambition to make Northamptonshire the safest place to live in England.
Describing how the police and other agencies could tackle violent crime, he said: “We need to be much more ambitious than we have been in the past. It’s not good enough just to be okay, we want to be the best in the country.”
In 2012, the target was set to reduce violent crime rates in Northamptonshire by 40 per cent.
To date, the figure has dropped by 20 per cent, but Mr Lee said other agencies, such as local councils, needed to help the police reduce violent crime rates further.
He was backed by the county’s police commissioner, Adam Simmonds, who said it was not right that people should fear violent crime.
He said: “Violent crime in Northamptonshire is not the same as in London for all sorts of reasons, and yet there are some very scared people living in this county.
“And a lot of children in Northamptonshire are unsafe in their homes because of family problems and others who put their lives in danger.
“We have to respond to sort that out. But it’s not just about the police arresting people when a crime takes place, it’s about early intervention and prevention.”
It is hoped the conference will leave the police and other official bodies with new ideas on how to prevent violent crime.