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Unite wraps up

By 19 December 2010 15

This in from ACT Policing:

Police across Australia and New Zealand have wrapped up Operation Unite which commenced on Friday (December 17). This Operation Unite is the third conducted across Australia and New Zealand targeting trouble makers and antisocial behaviour resulting from alcohol misuse.

ACT Policing took into custody 26 people in the weekend’s crackdown of alcohol-related violence, anti-social behaviour and other alcohol-related incidents which reinforces the message that alcohol misuse will not be tolerated.

Deputy Chief Police Officer Bruce Hill said that Operation Unite was not about stopping people having a good time, but about sending a message that everyone has to think about their behaviour and consider the impact it may have long after the night is over.

“This battle is not only for police. Irresponsible drinking is a community-wide problem and demands a community-wide response that emphasises the need for people to take greater responsibility for their behaviour and the impact that has on other people. It helps remind everyone that there is no fun in ending the night in a police cell or a hospital bed,” Commander Hill said.

Over the operation, police conducted 2621 random breath tests across the ACT, resulting in 31 positive tests. The highest reading was that from a 50-year-old male Queensland licence-holder. He was stopped at 4.45am today (Sunday, December 19) while driving in Monash. Upon being conveyed to Tuggeranong Police Station, he later returned a Level 4 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.231, and was lodged in the ACT Watch House.

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15 Responses to Unite wraps up
#1
Brianna6:08 pm, 19 Dec 10

Operation Unite needs to be long standing with no advertising of the fact. If it’s this bad when they know that the police are out for them, how bad is it at other times.
How about we have more cops on the streets, drug dogs with them. Then have the courts ENFORCE the laws.

#2
steveu7:13 pm, 19 Dec 10

I think if governments were serious about alcohol related crime then they would apprortion an amount of tax/excise that they receieve from the industry into funding positions to allow this exercise to happen as a matter of course, and not just a one off event. I think you would see crowd behaviour adjust very quickly The presence over the weekend was very effective.

#3
Mystery2Me9:04 pm, 19 Dec 10

Hhhhmmmm, so those 10-15 drunk teenagers jumping on a car opposite the belconnen police station didn’t deserve to be locked up by the operation unite orifices… even though constable / senior seargent / whatever number of stripes he got out of a cereal packet was standing across road watching… Guess because it wasn’t in Civic it wasn’t part of operation unite…

#4
Tooks7:25 am, 20 Dec 10

Tooks said :

Hhhhmmmm, so those 10-15 drunk teenagers jumping on a car opposite the belconnen police station didn’t deserve to be locked up by the operation unite orifices… even though constable / senior seargent / whatever number of stripes he got out of a cereal packet was standing across road watching… Guess because it wasn’t in Civic it wasn’t part of operation unite…

Perhaps odds of 15 to 1 didn’t appeal to said officer.

#5
vg11:35 am, 20 Dec 10

Or they didn’t get mentioned in the press release, but you’re an internet hard man so you know all about it

#6
troutfisher12:17 pm, 20 Dec 10

Hhhhmmmm, so those 10-15 drunk teenagers jumping on a car opposite the belconnen police station didn’t deserve to be locked up by the operation unite orifices… even though constable / senior seargent / whatever number of stripes he got out of a cereal packet was standing across road watching… Guess because it wasn’t in Civic it wasn’t part of operation unite…

Mystery2Me. Did you see that with your own eyes, or is a second hand account.

#7
Mystery2Me12:17 pm, 20 Dec 10

“Perhaps odds of 15 to 1 didn’t appeal to said officer.”

No, didn’t appeal to me either, but I didn’t have a gun, capsicum spray, taser and a station full of other like-minded orifices to back me up.

#8
TVStar1:16 pm, 20 Dec 10

Human Rights anyone? Police are going to go out and target and harrass drunk people. If you get annoyed, ten of them will jump on you and charge you with whatever they feel like.

#9
bd849:24 pm, 20 Dec 10

If you’re not doing anything wrong, you won’t have any problems with the police. Being drunk in a public place is an offense..

I did get the feeling that the officers lining the RBT on Commonwealth Ave were a bit bored with it, given that the officer requested I had to sing happy birthday into the breath testing unit.. Being breath tested twice in one year is a record too, adds to the once over the past 8 odd years on the road.

#10
Tooks10:42 pm, 20 Dec 10

“Perhaps odds of 15 to 1 didn’t appeal to said officer.”

No, didn’t appeal to me either, but I didn’t have a gun, capsicum spray, taser and a station full of other like-minded orifices to back me up

Oh, so he should’ve shot, sprayed and tased (only SRS have Tasers anyway) a bunch of teenagers. Good call.

#11
Tooks8:43 am, 21 Dec 10

Human Rights anyone? Police are going to go out and target and harrass drunk people. If you get annoyed, ten of them will jump on you and charge you with whatever they feel like.

Sounds like someone can’t handle their drink and got locked up for intox and disorderly. Pace yourself next time and you might have a better night.

#12
Mystery2Me11:27 am, 21 Dec 10

Yes vg, I’m an internet hard man…. I spend all day sitting at my government funded computer reading police press releases.

#13
Mystery2Me12:07 pm, 21 Dec 10

Tooks, not suggesting he should have shot / sprayed or tasered a bunch of teenagers. However, given the Government’s propensity to fund operations that supposedly curb anti-social behaviour, wouldn’t that incident have been the perfect opportunity for a member of the AFP to curb such behaviour in a bunch of young people and perhaps send them on a different path than that of over-consumption of alcohol and participation in destruction of property. Drive them home to their parents at 2am or let them get a taste of things to come with a night in the very hospitable ACT watch house.

#14
Mystery2Me5:05 pm, 21 Dec 10

troutfisher: I definatley saw that with someone else’s eyeballs implanted in my skull, very lame……….. bd84: that’s OFFENCE not offense, grammar-police here….

#15
Tooks9:08 am, 22 Dec 10

Tooks, not suggesting he should have shot / sprayed or tasered a bunch of teenagers. However, given the Government’s propensity to fund operations that supposedly curb anti-social behaviour, wouldn’t that incident have been the perfect opportunity for a member of the AFP to curb such behaviour in a bunch of young people and perhaps send them on a different path than that of over-consumption of alcohol and participation in destruction of property. Drive them home to their parents at 2am or let them get a taste of things to come with a night in the very hospitable ACT watch house.

A nice idea, but very naive.

So lone officer confronts 15 teenagers. They say “Get fucked, pig.” Nearest backup is 5-7 minutes away. What would his next move be?

Things aren’t always as simple as they first appear.

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