Police join Bully's Hands Off campaign against violence
ONE "stupid" mistake can change the rest of your life.
Getting angry or agitated during a night out on the town can see your night end badly, or maybe even your life.
Rockhampton police want to make sure that doesn't happen to you.
They've jumped onboard The Morning Bulletin's Hands Off campaign, to help get the message across that violence is unacceptable.
Inspector Virginia Nelson said that violence isn't high in Rockhampton's CBD precinct, but the police have plenty of elements in place to make sure it stays that way.
"We look at what our environmental issues are in the city, and when you look at assaults at licensed premises it's relatively low," she said.
"Every week we monitor our assaults and more than 50% of assaults are in the home; 33% are in public and this varies week to week.
"We do analysis on where they happen, who are the offenders and victims and tailor our policing responses from that."
Senior Sergeant Paul Bennett, who works with the Liquor Enforcement and Proactive Strategies team, said a lot of late night violence is usually over "stupid things".
Snr Sgt Bennett said some fights can be over the smallest thing, like taking someone's spot in the taxi line up.
If you're causing problems in the CBD, he said don't expect to get away with any act of violence.
With the amount of police out, CCTV around and witnesses filming assaults on their phones, he said troublemakers will be caught and banned from the Safe Night Precinct.
"If someone is causing a disturbance in a Safe Night Precinct we can issue a ban for 10 days; and if we find that they are a repeat offender we can extend the ban for three months," Snr Sgt Bennett said.
Rockhampton's venues are striving to make the CBD a safe environment to have fun in, as they work with police on a regular basis.
Several Rockhampton venues have adopted ID scanners at their doors which will become compulsory mid-next year.
"The scanners have been quite effective, even the safe night banning process," Snr Sgt Bennet said.
"Managers say that the message is getting across to the young ones, if someone is getting agitated they tell their mates to calm down so they don't get banned from the area."
The number of assaults in the past year:
- Rockhampton City - 112
- Norman Gardens - 10
- George St area - 31
- Frenchville - 16
- Berserker - 47
- Allenstown - 18