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Adrian Lee, head of the Northamptonshire force, wants the responsibility for - and the cost of - drunken behaviour to lie squarely with individuals.
He's calling for commercial companies to run 'drunk tanks', where people who have had too much alcohol would be taken and billed for their care the morning after.
Northamptonshire Chief Constable Adrian Lee spoke with ITV News Anglia's Emma Baker. He said the clampdown on drunken behaviour was vital.
According to Police figures 50% of violent crime is alcohol related, with 73% of domestic abuse related to drink.
Northamptonshire's Chief Constable has called for a less tolerant approach to drunken behaviour.
Adrian Lee says people arrested for being drunk and incapable should be looked after by a private company and charged for their care.