New squad will be in Wakefield city centre to help out drinkers

Paramedic Dave Haigh 'Clinical Supervisor' Wakefield District'Senior Section Officer John Burke-Tomlinson ' Special Constabulary'PC Phillippa Child ' Special Constabulary Liaison Officer
Paramedic Dave Haigh 'Clinical Supervisor' Wakefield District'Senior Section Officer John Burke-Tomlinson ' Special Constabulary'PC Phillippa Child ' Special Constabulary Liaison Officer

Police and the ambulance service have teamed up to help people left ill and injured during city centre drinking sessions.

An officer and a paramedic will be deployed in Wakefield city centre from tomorrow night under a scheme to cut the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions.

The new patrols by police and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service will run each weekend until Christmas.

Sergeant Kris Greenwood, from Wakefield District Police said: “The presence of a police officer provides paramedics with the necessary support to deal with what can be violent, uncooperative and drunken patients.

“This helps to ensure the safety of the paramedic, the wider public and patients themselves.”

Stefan Frankowiak, Yorkshire Ambulance Service A&E locality manager said the scheme would help police and paramedics to their job.

He said: “Unfortunately, a lot of 999 calls received in busy town and city centres on weekend evenings are alcohol-related and are usually for those who may have had too much to drink, fallen over, or got into a fight.”

“Most of the time, these people only require treatment for minor cuts or bruises so the benefits of this scheme is that it allows the paramedic to treat patients at the scene with the reassurance that police are on hand to handle any difficult situations and keep public order.”