Blitz on alcohol related attacks
REINFORCEMENTS have been called in and Gympie uniformed and plain clothed police have been briefed as Operation Unite Bravo begins tonight.
Officer in Charge of Gympie’s Criminal Investigation Branch, Detective Senior Sergeant Gregg Davey, said the operation running Friday and Saturday nights would crack down on liquor related offences and, in particular, violence stemming from the consumption of alcohol.
Gympie Detectives, Senior Constables Alan Gerard and Geoff Savage, will be taking part in the operation and, with at least 20 years’ police experience behind them, it shows Gympie police are getting tough on alcohol-related crime.
Detectives will join general duties police, traffic cops and Wide Bay Tactical Crime Squad officers from Maryborough to patrol Gympie’s CBD, and when they aren’t needed in their own towns, officers from outlying areas in the region will come in and lend a hand.
“We really want to make the CBD and other licensed premises areas safe,” Snr Sgt Davey said.
“Gympie police are not going to tolerate any cowardly acts by these alcohol-fuelled patrons.”
Even though the operation has been publicly announced through the media it was still a worthwhile pursuit, Snr Sgt Davey said.
“I think anything we can do to decrease acts of violence is beneficial, if it’s through media exposure that suits us.
“It’s a sad fact that some people can’t handle their alcohol and drink to excess. It’s not acceptable to have these persons in public places annoying, hanging out and committing assaults against innocent third parties.”
Gympie had a good track record with combating liquor related offences, Snr Sgt Davey said.
He said Gympie’s Liquor Industry Accord Group was a great example of the community working with the police.
This isn’t the first time Gympie has participated in Operation Unite. The annual operation was introduced last year to combat issues of alcohol misuse, violence and anti-social behaviour.
Police from Australia and New Zealand will again unify during the operation from 6pm on Friday to 6am on Saturday and 6pm Saturday finishing at 6am on Sunday.
This year’s initiative will continue to target binge drinking in public places and appeal to the drinking public to take greater responsibility for their behaviour.
Deputy Commissioner Ian Stewart said police were relying on community support.
“Alcohol misuse and related violence and anti-social behaviour are problems that are experienced throughout Australia and New Zealand. That is why police jurisdictions across both countries have come together to make a stand with Operation Unite Bravo,” he said.
The police will use both overt and covert tactics during Operation Unite Bravo.