Assaults low as a result of crackdown
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.