Police across the region will focus on venue COVID-Safety compliance and alcohol-related crime as officers start Operation Pariac this weekend.
The strategy is a high-visibility campaign regularly conducted by general duties and specialist licensing officers in the Northern, Southern and Western regions, targeting anti-social behaviour, public order incidents and assaults, too.
In 2020, the operation has broadened to include obedience around current Public Health Order conditions, relative to the easing of restrictions in licensed premises.
Northern Region Commander Acting Assistant Commissioner Chad Gillies said it was a good reminder for those intending to visit pubs and clubs this summer period.
“Thousands of families are preparing to travel across the state as children finish up what has been a challenging school year for most,” the Port Stephens-Hunter Police District Superintendent stated.
“Many will be chasing the sun and warmth in Northern NSW, which will mean an increase in patronage at our licensed venues.
“So, our local licensees need to make sure they are following all necessary COVID-protocols and are adhering to the current restrictions.
“The Public Health Orders relating to venue capacities and socialising were eased at the beginning of the week, so we encourage all licensees and venue owners to update their COVID-Safe plans and brush up on what is now permitted.”
Northern Region takes in local police districts Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle City and Port Stephens-Hunter, along with Brisbane Water, Coffs-Clarence, Manning-Great Lakes, Mid North Coast, Richmond, Tuggerah and Tweed-Byron.
Additional officers will be tasked to patrol licensed venues.
“The public should expect to see a highly-visible police presence this weekend and throughout the summer months,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Gillies said.
“We certainly want people to enjoy themselves and everything that our region has to offer, but in a responsible and considerate manner.
“Everything we do as police is in the best interests of the community.
“We are coming down hard on those who are refusing to follow the rules like everyone else.
“Officers will continue to work closely with industry and business owners, too, to guarantee they are able to operate safe environments for their customers, while making the public feel confident about heading out.”
Anyone with information about alcohol-related crime or who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au