Police Encourage Enjoyable Australia Day

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Police are encouraging everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Australia Day with thousands of people expected to attend celebrations at public events, parks and beaches over the long weekend.

A large visible policing presence is planned at public areas across the state on Monday with officers targeting anti-social and inappropriate behaviour.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Tony Wright said police want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable day.

“We are asking Queenslanders to celebrate Australia Day in its intended spirit of tolerance and respect for others within our diverse society,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Wright said.

“Police want to ensure families and friends can come together and celebrate Australia Day in a safe environment and will not tolerate anti-social behaviour or drunkenness.

“Plain clothed officers, as well as officers from the mounted police unit, the dog squad and the Public Safety Response Team will assist officers patrolling public spaces and licensed premises.”

Acting Deputy Commissioner Wright said while there was no specific threat against any person or place in Queensland, the heightened security environment would mean a greater than usual police presence.

“There will be more police than usual out and about at festivities and public areas but people should not be deterred from going about their normal business and enjoying the public holiday,” he said.

Extra police enforcement will extend to roads with random breath testing and drug testing units being deployed over the long weekend.

“Anyone planning on drinking is urged to be responsible and ensure they have planned their transport home,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Wright said.

The police tips for a safe Australia Day are:

  • If you are drinking, don’t let your level of intoxication make you a perpetrator or a victim of crime.
  • Do not consume alcohol in a public place – police can issue on the spot fines for this offence.
  • Make appropriate transport plans, don’t drink and drive and risk your family and friends’ lives.
  • Stay safe and watch your mates, if you find yourself in a threatening situation – walk away. Remember one punch can kill.
  • Drive to the appropriate road conditions.
  • If you find yourself in a threatening situation or see a crime in progress call triple zero.
  • If you observe suspicious behaviour report it to police through Policelink on 131 444.
  • If you have information that would assist in solving a crime call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.