THE official week of schoolies celebrations concluded this morning with thousands of school leavers enjoying a final night of organised activities in Surfers Paradise.
Overnight, police arrested 29 schoolies on 32 offences with the majority of charges for public nuisance, being drunk in a public place and street offences.
There was a total of 35 non-schoolies arrested on 45 offences including public nuisance, and drug offences.
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Since the police response to schoolies commenced on Friday November 21, 131 schoolies have been arrested on a total of 152 charges. There were 186 non-schoolies arrested on 226 charges during the same period.
Gold Coast District Officer Acting Chief Superintendent Des Lacy said he was overall pleased with the behaviour of the majority of this year’s schoolies.
“While the number of schoolies attending the hub this year was up on last year the number of arrests were down,” Acting Chief Superintendent Lacy said.
“This is a clear result of effective policing strategies and a continued strong collaboration between police and a range of organisations including the event organisers, government departments, the local council, and volunteer agencies such as the Red Frogs.”
While schoolies ends for Queensland school leavers a large number of interstate schoolies have begun arriving on the Gold Coast and an increased police presence will remain in the Surfers Paradise precinct throughout the next two weeks.
“The majority of interstate schoolies are over 18, and this will mean our focus will shift towards the policing of licensed venues,” Acting Chief Superintendent Lacy said.
“We want to remind our interstate visitors to do the right thing as we will be out there with a strong presence ensuring that anti-social behaviour and criminal activity will not be tolerated.
“We will be proactively targeting offences such as consuming alcohol in a public place.”