Police in capital cities around Australia and New Zealand are tonight preparing for a weekend of high-visibility policing aimed at reducing alcohol fuelled violence.
The two day blitz titled Operation Unite will start tonight at 6pm, and will focus on tackling alcohol fuelled crime and anti-social behaviour, especially violence. Thousands of extra police will be deployed around Australia in an attempt to keep the streets safe.
Acting Chief Superintendent Peter Savage in Brisbane described the Operation. “It allows us to put additional police into areas we haven’t previously been able to adequately address as we would have liked, and relieve the pressure on contending with this weekend after weekend,” he said.
“We’ll also be seeking support from our more specialist areas like our public safety response teams, dog squad units (and) railway squad personnel.”
Acting ACT Chief Police Officer Bruce Hill highlighted that police only play a small part in reducing the drinking culture in Australia and the problems it causes.
“Police and our partner agencies have simply had enough of being responsible for mopping up the mess of Australia’s binge drinking culture. It is about time that we all work together, including the community itself to take some responsibility in addressing an issue that affects us all,” he said.
“We can no longer play the blame game and point the finger at just one aspect of this issue. It has to be a unified effort from social accountability, more responsible serving of alcohol, restricted trading hours of pubs and clubs, better transportation, alcohol legislation reform and an increase in powers for police and liquor licensing inspectors to crack down on those licensees who do not comply with regulations.
“Only then can we really start to actively change Australia’s binge drinking culture,” Acting Chief Police Officer Hill said.
For more information on Operation Unite head to the Australian Federal Police Website.
Writer Tristan Boyd, Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.