Constables Chris Hayes and Melissa Wilson are ready to patrol the CBD in Rockhampton for Operation Unite in a crackdown on alcohol related crime from tonight.
Constables Chris Hayes and Melissa Wilson are ready to patrol the CBD in Rockhampton for Operation Unite in a crackdown on alcohol related crime from tonight. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Party blitz starts tonight

ROCKHAMPTON cops won’t tolerate any unruly behaviour this weekend as the party season gets into full swing.

Police yesterday put revellers on notice that they’d be out in force for a crackdown on alcohol-fuelled crime and anti-social behaviour across the region.

Tonight and tomorrow night more than 20 extra officers will take part in Operation Unite, a blitz targeting licensed venues in Rockhampton and Yeppoon.

Drink drivers are also in the firing line with extra traffic branch crews on the roads.

The move was yesterday welcomed by some Rockhampton nightclub and hotel licensees.

Rockhampton district Inspector Marcus Hill said the operation would see the tactical crime squad bolster police presence on the Capricorn Coast.

Police will ensure alcohol is being served responsibly, IDs are being checked and that revellers don’t step out of line.

“We’re not trying to stop people having a good time,” Inspector Hill said

“It’s the very small minority who go out, drink too much and want to fight. It gives the locality and the premises a bad image.”

With the start of the school holidays, Inspector Hill said party gatecrashers were also a major concern, particularly for alcohol related assaults.

“Assaults and alcohol related crime is a big concern in the CBD due to the locality but we’re seeing a greater problem with assault occurring at parties,” Inspector Hill said.

Manager of Strutters Nightclub, Wayne Klerkx, said any police presence was good.

“It deters patrons from doing the wrong thing and if there is an issue that needs to be resolved, it will happen straight away,” Mr Klerkx said.

Mr Klerkx said he was all for a safe environment in his club to ensure everyone had a good night.

Josh Jones from the Oxford Hotel said as an active member of the Liquor Industry Action Group, he applauded local police for doing all they could to stamp out the few trouble makers.

“The majority are well behaved, it’s just the small minority that make the whole industry look bad,” Mr Jones said.

“The more police resources police put in to help fix the problem is much appreciated from us,” he said.

Operation Unite is being rolled out across Australia and New Zealand and is in conjunction with another police operation which targets alcohol related violence and runs through to January 31.



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