Police blitz on anti-social behaviour

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Extra police patrols will be conducted across regional NSW in a continued effort to decrease alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour.

Operation Pariac (Par-i-ack), which started yesterday (Thursday, March 29), involving general duties and specialist police, will focus on public areas and licensed premises to ensure patron and licensed venue compliance.

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Regional Field Operations, Gary Worboys, said people need to take personal responsibility for their behaviour this Easter holiday period.

“Far too often police resources are used up looking after drunk people of all ages,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.

“It is no surprise that drunk people make up a high proportion of people who are injured, involved in crashes, get arrested and end up in fights with everyone from family members, to friends, police and even people they don’t know.

“I am a big supporter of running operations like this right across country NSW if, for no other reason than good people deserving to be able to go about their work, business and social life without fear of harassment from people who have had too much to drink.”

Northern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell, said previous deployments have achieved significant results.

“In a similar two-day operation conducted in the Northern Region in December 2017, more than 60 people were arrested and charged with more than 80 offences for alcohol and drug-related crimes,” Assistant Commissioner Mitchell said.

“I encourage all people to enjoy the nightlife hubs in our regions, but I urge you to use alcohol responsibly and look after yourself, your friends and others.”

Operation Pariac will continue over Easter.