Operation Unite hits hard

OPERATION Unite began last night with police officers all over Queensland targeting alcohol-fuelled violence and 'anti-social behaviour'.

The first night of the operation has resulted in more than 350 charges being laid, Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett said today.

Deputy Commissioner Barnett said close to 433 uniformed and plain-clothed police officers were involved in Operation Unite over night, pre-emptively flooding ‘hot-spots’ across the state.

“Police arrested 137 people and issued 131 notices to appear for a total of 356 charges, including a man that was charged for allegedly biting a police officer in Mackay.

“Police officers visited 995 licensed businesses and detected 40 licensing breaches.

“Officers also furnished 52 liquor incident reports and issued 91 liquor infringement notices. More than 158 ‘tip-outs’ of open liquor occurred in public places,” he said.

Deputy Commissioner Barnett said more than 5, 032 random breath tests were conducted with 74 drivers detected drink driving.

“This is a national two-day high visibility police operation so we hope those people attending these popular night spots tonight are aware that violence is not acceptable.

“The community is sick and tired of the small minority of people who drink to excess, or take party drugs, and then engage in anti-social behaviour like fighting or driving under the influence.

“The message is simple – take care of yourself and your mates and do the right thing when celebrating and get home safely. Otherwise you will find your celebrations cut short by a visit to the watch house or magistrates court.”

The Queensland Police also had a media officer “tweeting from the beat” over night for the first time during the operation. “It proved a success and was a great way to give fast updates to the public about what police were up to over night,” Deputy Commissioner Barnett said.

“Unite continues this evening at 6pm and will conclude at 6am tomorrow, but Queensland Police Service’s response to alcohol-fuelled, anti-social behaviour in Queensland is set to continue.

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