As­saults low as a re­sult of crack­down

Pilbara News - - News - Pe­ter de Krui­jff

Street drink­ing and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in Roe­bourne dropped dur­ing a tar­geted po­lice op­er­a­tion from Septem­ber 1-Oc­to­ber 11.

Roe­bourne po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Gemma Hen­ni­gan said from June-Au­gust, the num­ber of re­ported as­saults went from 18 a month to 21 a month.

Af­ter Op­er­a­tion Maa­lik the num­ber of as­saults dropped by 28.5 per cent.

Sen. Sgt Hen­ni­gan said po­lice tar­geted be­hav­iours they knew con­trib­uted to as­saults such as al­co­hol con­sump­tion.

“Con­sid­er­ing our pop­u­la­tion size, we were def­i­nitely over­rep­re­sented in the as­sault fig­ures for the dis­trict,” she said.

“We com­menced an ed­u­ca­tion phase be­fore Septem­ber where we were ad­vis­ing the com­mu­nity about what our fu­ture fo­cus was go­ing to be.”

With ex­tra resources from the Kar­ratha Po­lice Sta­tion, Pil­bara traf­fic and the Pil­bara liquor en­force­ment unit, Roe­bourne po­lice tar­geted large gath­er­ings and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour be­fore it would es­ca­late.

“We had a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach to liquor of­fences and dis­or­derly be­hav­iour,” Sen. Sgt Hen­ni­gan said. The op­er­a­tion was ex­tended to the start of Oc­to­ber when po­lice be­came aware three fu­ner­als would be held in Roe­bourne over the AFL grand fi­nal week­end.

Sen. Sgt Hen­ni­gan said there were no as­saults over the week­end.

“At our last funeral in Au­gust we had a lot of al­co­hol-fu­elled vi­o­lence, there was an out of con­trol gath­er­ing and a po­lice of­fi­cer (al­legedly) as­saulted,” she said.

“We had a lot of com­plaints from peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who were out­raged at peo­ple’s be­hav­iour in town.”

While there were no as­saults that week­end, 176 charges were made over the op­er­a­tion.

There were 38 ar­rests, mostly for dis­or­derly be­hav­iour, 81 sum­mons’ to court, 16 move-on or­ders, 12 noise abate­ment no­tices, 21 liquor in­fringe­ments, 87 liquor charges, and 18 drug-re­lated charges.

Po­lice con­ducted 391 ran­dom breath tests and is­sued 16 charges for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

Sen. Sgt Hen­ni­gan said ev­ery­one wanted Roe­bourne to be safe, not just the po­lice.

“This be­hav­iour is not go­ing to be tol­er­ated,” she said.

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