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Canberra unites on short-term alcohol crackdown

By RiotPost 11 December 2009 24

This weekend is Operation Unite, the trans-Tasman police crackdown on alcohol related incidents.

The news carriers are flooding the airwaves, papers, tv and net with quotes from police chiefs. Indeed the SMH even has Canberra’s Mick Phelan saying his bit.

But is this really going to achieve anything?

Call me cynical but I can’t see this doing anything beyond this weekend. Unless there has been a massive funding increase for the police I’m fairly sure the numbers of cops which we’ll see on the street will not be able to be sustained.

Policing is only one aspect of reducing drunken street crime. Do we put more emphasis on personal responsibility? Put more regulation and enforcement on those that sell it? Or do we just put up with it?

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sloppery 4:34 pm 14 Dec 09

Maybe we should raise the legal drinking age…? Perhaps to 19?

housebound 1:42 pm 14 Dec 09

p1 said :

I remember when my brother worked in one of the mining towns out west in NSW, they were having a lot of stabbings in town at 4 or 5 am.

That stopped the bars selling grog after 12 midnight, although they could stay open. Instead of drinking steadily for hours and hours, people would get them in quicker, buy half a dozen just before cut off, drink all those in record time, and be way too munted to get in real fights.

Perversely effective.

neanderthalsis 12:36 pm 14 Dec 09

ChrisinTurner said :

I can’t understand why the police only have this attitude to drunken behaviour for two nights. Aren’t they paid to do this 365 days a year?

It is more the will of our political masters to make this an ongoing issue that will achieve a solution. I’m sure that if there was a significant increase in police resourcing, more could be done.

The occasional blitz won’t solve a thing.

worldsmessiestbartender 12:26 pm 14 Dec 09

As someone who worked Friday and Saturday night in Civic, the additional cops were very welcome.
Yes it would be great if there were that many around all the time, it would also help if some of the drunken muppets took some responsibility for themselves, and didn’t forget to go to the bathroom to urinate, or worse yet forget that its best to at least not do it in your pants while at the bar.

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