Safe night strat­egy at work in the Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

SINCE the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s Safe Night Out Strat­egy was of­fi­cially im­ple­mented on Oc­to­ber 1, Air­lie Beach has ranked sec­ond in the state for the high­est num­ber of po­lice ban­ning or­ders made.

Of­fi­cer in Charge (OIC) of the Whit­sun­day Po­lice Sta­tion, Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Brad Teys, said on one of the weeks to date, Air­lie was sur­passed only by For­ti­tude Val­ley, and on another oc­ca­sion it was Surfers Par­adise that took the du­bi­ous ac­co­lade of top ‘ban­ning’ spot.

Nonethe­less, Act Snr Sgt Teys said th­ese statis­tics proved the strat­egy was work­ing.

“When you con­sider there’s 15 [SNP’s] in the state and there’s some big cen­tres [in­volved], that means the of­fi­cers [here] are to­tally ad­her­ing to the task at hand,” he said. “The leg­is­la­tion’s been pro­vided to en­force what we’ve al­ways done, but now it [also] al­lows us to keep the trou­ble mak­ers out of town for a pe­riod of time with sup­ported, law­ful doc­u­ments ban­ning them from ei­ther the [Air­lie] li­censed premises or the Safe Night Precinct al­to­gether.”

Act. Snr Sgt Teys said any pub­lic or­der of­fences in­volv­ing vi­o­lence would in­cur ban­ning no­tices, which could be ex­tended for up to as much as three months.

“De­pend­ing on the cir­cum­stances for each per­son and after re­view by the OIC, of­fend­ers charged with ei­ther vi­o­lent of­fences or pub­lic uri­na­tion can ex­pect lengthy ban­ning pe­ri­ods form the SNP,” he warned.

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