Zero tolerance cuts violent behaviour
POLICE from the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command say stricter enforcement has resulted in a drop in alcohol-related violence in the Clarence Valley.
Since July, the Coffs/Clarence command has seen a 17% reduction in alcohol related, non-domestic, assaults.
Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said the significant drop in the region had much to do with licensing and personal responsibility as much as enforcement by local police.
In the last financial year, more than $150,000 in fines was issued for alcohol-related behaviour.
About $80,000 of those fines related to a failure to quit or leave licensed premises.
"Over the last 12 months we have been working our way down through high-visibility policing and licensing operations, where we target not only the punter but business operators and licensees as well," Insp Jameson said.
"We have a zero tolerance approach to persons who drink excessively and act in a disorderly manner."
Insp Jameson said isolated incidents of alcohol-related violence would continue to be investigated thoroughly, and said "perpetrators who cannot control their personal behaviour whilst intoxicated and attack people in cowardly circumstances can expect to locked up".
"These attacks have very significant consequences injury and sometimes death," he said.