Gold Coast police will continue to focus on assaults and crimes of violence in the city with particular attention to entertainment precincts including Surfers Paradise.
District Officer Acting Chief Superintendent Des Lacy said that low tolerance will be given to those people who behave in an unacceptable manner with a focus on acts of alcohol induced violence.
“Our aim is ultimately to make the Gold Coast one of Australia’s safest cities within which to live, work, visit and do business. This can only be achieved through working with our various community partners, the Gold Coast community other government agencies and the Gold Coast City Council”, Acting Chief Superintendent Lacy said today.
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In announcing the establishment of Gold Coast City Council’s Mayor Tom Tate’s “Safer Suburbs Forum”, police will commence work immediately with the Gold Coast City Council and other government agencies to reduce the number of alcohol related assaults and crimes of violence.”
“Any form of violence by one person against another in the Gold Coast community is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated. Police will prefer the most serious charges possible against anyone who uses violent behaviour towards another person.
“Anyone who behaves in an anti-social manner towards other members of the community, such as acting aggressively or in an intimidatory manner, can expect to be dealt with to the full extent of the law,” he said.
Acting Chief Superintendent Lacy said that depending on the nature of the conduct, offenders can expect to be arrested, fingerprinted, photographed and processed through the police watchhouse.
“As part of our overall focus of alcohol and violence, police will also be focusing on anyone who maliciously damages property belonging to the city and to other individuals.
“A low tolerance approach will be taken with people consuming alcohol in a public place, which attracts a $110 fine.
Acting Chief Superintendent Lacy said police will be targeting premises where alcohol-related aggression most often occurs.
“Considerable attention will be given to the enforcement of Liquor License Conditions particular regulations relating to the Responsible Service of Alcohol.
“If you have preloaded with alcohol, are intent on drinking in public places or involved in underage drinking you can expect to be dealt with by the police.
“Those intent on behaving anti-socially should carefully consider the consequences of their actions: a criminal history can restrict employment opportunities; travel to some countries; criminal offence matters are normally heard in open court and adverse publicity can affect both lives and reputations,” warned Acting Chief Superintendent Lacy.
“We want people to enjoy themselves when they have a night out but caution people against drinking to excess and behaving in a manner which could result in life-long adverse consequences”.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.