Police beat call gains momentum
A CALL for more police presence to counter a spike in late-night assaults has been answered by Officer in Charge of Gympie Police, Acting Senior Sergeant Mick Curran.
Snr Sgt Curran said there had been a reduction in the number of reported assaults and this was mainly due to ongoing weekend street and liquor operations involving plainclothes and uniformed officers.
Member for Gympie, David Gibson, submitted two petitions in the past month calling for a police beat in Mary Street and said he would continue to put pressure on the Queensland Government for more police patrols in Gympie’s CBD.
In a written response, Police Minister Neil Roberts said he was satisfied the location of Gympie police station to the CBD provided adequate resources and confirmed Gympie police had been performing regular patrols using regional and district resources.
Statistics from an operation conducted over a recent weekend by Gympie Police demonstrated a drop in incidents overall.
Three notices to appear in Gympie Magistrates were handed out on the Friday night for creating a public nuisance, being drunk in a public place and drink driving.
On Saturday night, another three notices were handed out – two for drink driving and one for contravening a direction to move on. Officers also fined a number of people for liquor-related offences.
Sunday was much the same. Police intercepted a drink driver, an unlicensed driver and someone who was in possession of drugs.
Snr Sgt Curran said hoteliers had also reported a reduction in behavioural offences committed by patrons and the Liquor Industry Accord Group (LIAG) was helping to reduce liquor-related crime.