An independent evaluation by the University of Kent found that criminal damage dropped 28% in the pilot areas, and there was also a drop in reports of people being drunk or rowdy in public places.
KCAP is led by Kent County Council Trading Standards, who work with retailers, the Kent Drug & Alcohol Action Team, Kent Police, the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group, district and borough councils and health authorities.
It has already been extended to a number of other towns around Kent to support and advise retailers, raise awareness of alcohol-related issues and enforce licensing laws.
Now organisers are calling on other Kent communities to implement the scheme in their areas.
Chief Constable of Kent Police Ian Learmonth said: “The Kent Community Alcohol Partnership commenced in 2008 with key pilot sites that had agreed to take part in the exciting new programme. A great deal of activity has taken place since that launch which has seen KCAP grow into the largest such Community Alcohol Partnership in the country. I am very proud of the work that all partners have carried out to make this such a successful initiative.”
Jonathan Neame, Chief Executive of Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham, Kent, said: “The best way to tackle alcohol-related disorder is through local partnership between industry and all relevant authorities to deliver targeted enforcement and education initiatives. KCAP is a shining example of this approach.”