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24th April 2013

Chief Constable Adrian Lee joins the PASS Board


The Chief Constable of Northampton Police, Adrian Lee, has joined the PASS Board as an observer.  Adrian is also the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) lead on Alcohol Licensing and Harm Reduction.


Adrian said, “Preventing underage sales is a top priority in reducing alcohol harm.  Enormous strides have been made with the police and trading standards working with alcohol companies to drive up standards.  But there is still more to do.  We will only ever completely eliminate underage sales if retailers can have total confidence that any proof of age is valid.  I am delighted to be able to provide a police perspective in addressing this very important issue and to be lending my support to what is an important and well-established agency partnership.”


PASS Chairman, Robert Humphreys said, “High level support from the Home Office, police and trading standards has been pivotal to establishing the credibility and robustness of PASS cards as effective proof of age.  I am delighted that Adrian has agreed to join the Board as an observer.  His enormous expertise will be crucial to our on-going programme to further improve recognition, trust and general acceptance of the PASS card scheme.”




Photo caption: Chief Constable of Northampton Police, Adrian Lee


For further information: Kate Winstanley at  or 07590 924710


Notes to Editors.

Adrian Lee was appointed Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police in October 2009.  Adrian’s career began at Greater Manchester Police where he joined as a graduate entrant in 1985.  He joined Staffordshire Police in 2003 where he held several senior roles including the post of Temporary Chief Constable.  Adrian is a graduate of the Gregorian University in Rome and Manchester University. He has a B.Phil in Philosophy, an LLB (Hons), an MA in Management and an M.Phil in Police Ethics.

The Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) is the industry-led national proof of age accreditation scheme, supported by the Home Office, ACPO and the Trading Standards Institute (TSI). There are currently five national schemes and twelve local schemes which are licensed to issue cards bearing the PASS hologram. Only cards schemes which meet the stringent standards required for PASS accreditation are licensed to apply the PASS hologram to their cards.  Accredited card schemes are audited on a regular basis by Trading Standards Officers to ensure that they comply with PASS requirements.

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