Police on beat for party night
IT’S the Coffs Coast’s night of nights as revellers prepare to party hard and usher in 2011.
The Jetty Foreshores will be the focus of the celebrations with a massive fireworks display at 9.30pm, while pubs and clubs in the Coffs Harbour CBD will be filled to overflowing.
All that means a big surge in police numbers to clamp down on alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour and lock up the louts responsible.
“We want people to enjoy themselves and enjoy the evening but if you behave like a boofhead you will be treated like a boofhead and you will be arrested,” said Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay.
“We have a lot of extra police out and about and extra resources from neighbouring areas. We will also have additional highway patrol officers out in force conducting random breath testing.
“We would encourage people to use the Nightrider buses put on by the council or to have a designated driver who doesn’t drink at all.”
Mr Lindsay said it was always a major challenge for police to control large crowds of drinkers but officers were determined to pounce at the first signs of trouble.
“We put just about all our police resources into New Year’s Eve and that’s why you will see large numbers of police on foot and on the roads,” he said.
“The alcohol-prohibited zones which will be in place across the region assist us greatly in combating anti-social behaviour, unruly behaviour and alcohol-related crime within these public areas.
“We will also have additional lighting in place at the Jetty Foreshores which will allow us to readily identify any groups that are behaving inappropriately.”
Mr Lindsay said New Year’s Eve, Australia Day and the Coffs Cup were the busiest times of year for local police.
Twenty-three beach reserves and parks from Sawtell to Arrawarra are under a 24-hour booze ban for New Year’s Eve.
Those reserves are: Diggers Beach, Jetty Foreshores, Korora Beach, Park Beach, Rotary Park, Shepherds Park, Vost Park, Brelsford Park Adventure Playground, Bray Street Skate Park, Boronia Park, Lyle Rose Memorial RSL Park, walkway and reserve at Sawtell Surf Club, Wonga Park, Toormina Skate Park, Arrawarra Beach, Emerald Beach, Mullaway Beach, Ocean View Beach, Sandy Beach, Woolgoolga Beach, North Sapphire Beachfront, Woolgoolga Skate Park and Corindi Skate Park.