POLICE took the streets of Surfers Paradise last night in an effort to crack down on alcohol-fuelled violence and antisocial behaviour across Queensland’s party precincts.
Police Minister Jack Dempsey and Commissioner of Police Ian Stewart said Operation Unite would run across every night of the long weekend and will involve police from every state and territory – along with officers from New Zealand – reflecting a new direction in the way the community is approaching the scourge of alcohol-fuelled violence.
An extra 1000 police are believed to be hitting the streets across the State over the four days.
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“The Government is committed to ensuring Queensland is the safest place to live and enjoy a night out, in line with our Safe Night Out strategy.” Mr Dempsey said.
“Unlike the former Labor Government, we are providing additional resources for frontline officers, and delivering better planning for our communities, which includes planning for safer night spots.
“Operation Unite will focus on alcohol misuse, violence and anti-social behaviour right across Queensland.
“The operation will involve plain clothes, general duties, and mounted police as well as dog squad officers from across Queensland, which is not only a great state, but also a safe state.
“The combined police services from across Australia will be working together to make every Australian’s night out that little bit safer.”
Commissioner Ian Stewart said the operation is a joint initiative of Police Commissioners across Australia and New Zealand.
“We are taking a united front to address alcohol related violence because we have ‘had enough’ of dealing with alcohol related violence in public places. It has got to change,” Commissioner Ian Stewart said.
“We should be aware of our behaviour and that of our mates and not allow excessive drinking to be used as an excuse for engaging in violence.
“The Queensland Police Service will be working proactively with our national partner agencies throughout the coming nights as part of Operation Unite.”