Police to target anti-socials

DRUNKEN violence on the Coffs Coast will be met with fierce resistance this weekend during a nationwide crackdown.

This will be the second phase of Operation Unite – designed to tackle anti-social behaviour and alcohol-fuelled street crime – and will be conducted on Friday and Saturday.

Scores of additional police will be on the lookout for unlawful and reckless behaviour.

“I am really fed up with the regular reports of senseless assaults, glassings and avoidable accidents that cross my desk because people can’t handle their alcohol and don’t realise when they have had enough,” said NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione.

“My officers will do everything in their power to deal with this problem but when it comes down to it, it’s a matter of personal responsibility.

“If you drink yourself into a stupor, then you are asking for trouble. There is a chance you could become a victim of violence or stagger into the path of traffic.”

The first phase of Operation Unite in September resulted in 2432 arrests throughout Australia and New Zealand, with police in NSW laying more than 1100 charges.

“From that weekend in September there are 737 people in NSW alone who can testify how one act of drunken stupidity led to their arrests,” Mr Scipione said.

“Criminal convictions can have a dramatic effect on the rest of your life, including loss of employment, public humiliation and reduced options for overseas travel.

“I have no sympathy for those who inflict violence on others especially when they’re drunk and then make all the excuses in the world as to why they should be treated leniently.”

The weekend crackdown will feature a host of specialist units to assist local area commands including the mounted police, the marine area command, the alcohol licensing enforcement command, the public order and riot squad, the dog squad, highway patrol, the commuter crime unit, the operational support group and the aviation support branch.

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