Stand United is the message from Nottinghamshire Police as the World Cup gets underway.
The call to action is an extension of the Alliance Against Violence campaign which was launched by the force last year.
It aims to reduce drink-related violence by calling for communities to take a stand especially during what is expected to be a period of high emotion and increased alcohol consumption.
The force sees incidents of violence increase in summer months, when large numbers of people are out for longer and drinking more. In 2013, across Nottinghamshire, incidents of violence rose from 1,196 in April to 1,418 in July. By November they had fallen to 1,160.
Superintendant Mark Holland said: “With the lighter evenings and warmer weather, it is most likely that people will be drinking for larger periods of the day, and with levels of high emotion, could put vulnerable people at risk. There is no excuse for any kind of violence and perpetrators must be clear that the World Cup does not give them any justification for partaking in abusive behaviour. The Force will be increasing patrols around towns and city centres, particularly when bars are open late for matches, using dispersal orders to remove people who have had too much to drink, attendance at Pub Watch meetings and working closely with bars and clubs around licensing issues.
“Our figures show that alcohol is linked to around 26 per cent of all violent crime. Dealing with the consequences of irresponsible drinking is a significant drain on police resources and those of our partners. If people drank responsibly, these resources could be invested in other policing priorities and communities would feel the benefits. We’re asking people to join our campaign by pledging their support to our Alliance Against Violence Facebook page.”