Police lift night life presence
PLAIN clothes and uniformed police officers will be hitting the Fraser Coast's hottest nightspots this weekend as part of a nationwide crackdown on alcohol-fuelled crime.
Officers from around the country are taking part in Operation Unite, aimed at targeting trouble-makers who prevent others from enjoying a night out.
Party goers in Maryborough and Hervey Bay can expect heavy police presence in popular night spots and areas where revellers are known to congregate.
Yesterday Hervey Bay Senior Constable Mick Bleakley said that when it came to alcohol related crime, Australian taxpayers coughed up about $7.1 billion a year.
He said operations like Unite helped to curtail the problems and that local officers were happy to do their part.
“Officers are encouraged to walk through all licensed premises and conduct highly visible patrols,” Snr Const. Bleakley said.
“We'll also be speaking to patrons and staff at venues and letting them know what we're up to.”
Apart from being on the look out for criminal behaviour, Snr Const. Bleakley said police were also there to help those who did the right thing.
“Providing a police presence in these types of locations makes patrons feel safe and hopefully they have confidence in being at these locations.”
Operation Unite kicked off at 6pm last night and finishes in the early hours of tomorrow morning.