The first night of the operation resulted in more than 388 charges being laid, Deputy Commissioner Stewart announced today.
The first night of the operation resulted in more than 388 charges being laid, Deputy Commissioner Stewart announced today.

Operation Unite hits Queensland

OPERATION Unite commenced last night at 6pm with police officers all over Queensland targeting alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour.

Deputy Commissioner Ian Stewart said over 850 uniformed and plain-clothed police officers were involved in Operation Unite overnight, proactively flooding 'hot-spots' across the state.

The first night of the operation resulted in more than 388 charges being laid, Deputy Commissioner Stewart announced today.

"Police arrested 137 people and issued 163 notices to appear for a total of 388 charges, including Serious Assault, Produce Dangerous Drug, Burglary and Receive Stolen Property," Deputy Commissioner Stewart said.

"Police officers visited 886 licensed businesses and detected 30 licensing breaches.

"Officers also furnished 44 liquor incident reports and issued 78 liquor infringement notices. More than 130 'tip-outs' of open liquor occurred in public places.

"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.

"If you intend on drinking when out and about remember to plan and don't drive. Police will be maintaining a strong presence on the roads, with random breath testing operations planned.

Deputy Commissioner Stewart said more than 3600 random breath tests were conducted last night during the operation with 69 drivers detected drink driving. The highest reading was .185 per cent in Cairns.

"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.

"Unite continues this evening at 6pm and will conclude at 6am tomorrow.

"Whilst the National Operation concludes, the Queensland Police Service's response to alcohol-fuelled, anti-social behaviour in Queensland will continue through other strategies."


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