Australian and New Zealand police join forces on drunken violence

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by StreetCorner
09/09/2010

Australian and New Zealand police are joining forces this weekend to campaign against alcohol misuse, violence and anti-social behaviour this weekend.

Following the success of last year’s Operation Unite, police be out in force every Australian state and territory, and across New Zealand, targeting those breaking the law in relation to alcohol-related crime.

Police in both countries are feed up with the damage caused by the culture of binge drinking in public places.

“This large-scale, Australian and New Zealand-wide operation aims to send a strong and clear message – police will not put up with alcohol-related violence, drunken behaviour and other related crime,” NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said.

The Commissioner said that police are hoping the stand will help the community to 'make a stand and to push for a change in culture and acceptable standards of behaviour'. The report released last month by the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation, estimated the total cost of alcohol misuse to communities across Australia is estimated to be $36 billion each year.

The police action will involve overt and covert licensing operations, random breath testing, mounted police, the dog squad and other specialist commands.

The two-day trans-Tasman operation starts on Friday 10 September.


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