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