Revellers in parts of Worcestershire will be handed lollipops by police as part of a crackdown on alcohol-related violence.
Officers are using the method trialled by police in Nottingham in the hope those given lollies would be far less likely to enter into an argument.
Operation Presence will take place over the Bank Holiday weekend in Evesham and Worcester and will also include high-visibility patrols targeting under age drinkers.
Chief Inspector Alan Baldwin said: "We decided to hand lollipops out following a previous exercise in Nottingham that showed that if people were given a lolly they were far less likely to enter into an altercation.
"We are hopeful that the initiative will be as successful in reducing alcohol-related crime in South Worcestershire as it was in Nottingham.
"Throughout the summer we have been targeting town centres where there are incidents of alcohol-related crime and disorder.
"This operation, however, has been set up alongside our normal policing as traditionally there are more incidents of alcohol-related crime and disorder over the August bank holiday weekend.
"We will be taking a tough stance on all alcohol-related crime."
Operation Presence has been staged successfully on previous occasions - both in the summer and at Christmas - but it will be the first time people coming out of clubs and pubs will be handed lollipops.
Officers will also issue fixed penalty notices and fines to anyone being disorderly.
Chief Insp Baldwin added: "We want to warn people that we will be coming down hard on anyone who behaves in a disorderly manner. But, we also want to provide reassurance to those law-abiding people who are just out having a good time in our town centres."
"We will be working closely with licensees and door staff, while St John's Ambulance personnel will support us by providing some medical cover and, if necessary, treatment for people with minor injuries.
"Custody officers will also be working alongside selected staff from the Alcohol Arrest Referral Scheme, who will be offering advice to people brought into custody in order to prevent them from re-offending."