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Simon unleashes Operation Cobalt 6 on an unsuspecting public.

By johnboy - 11 December 2008 17

How exciting!

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, has given the command and the grandly named police “Operation Cobalt 6” is rolling into gear making sure you all behave in town over the weekend.

    “Operation Cobalt 6 is an inter-agency operation to set the “ground rules” for the safety and protection of patrons at licensed premises through the summer months,” Mr Corbell said.

    “The clear message from this Operation is that Alcohol-related violence and irresponsible, drunken behaviour around Civic will not be tolerated”, Mr Corbell said.

    ACT Policing and liquor licensing inspectors from the Office of Regulatory Services (ORS) – will work together this weekend (Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13) to implement this campaign.

    Two other important elements to assist the conduct of the Operation will be the kick-off to the ACTION Buses Nightrider services, and the involvement of the Centacare Sobering-Up Shelter.

    “In the lead-up to the Christmas-New Year period when we have a number of major events in the ACT such as our New Year’s Eve celebrations in Civic and Summernats, it’s important that licensees and the staff of licensed premises be reminded of their responsibilities under the law,” Mr Corbell said.

You’ve been warned

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Simon unleashes Operation Cobalt 6 on an unsuspecting public.
harvyk1 9:35 am 12 Dec 08

123qwe said :

I am not interested in the slightest in venturing out into Civic on a Friday or Saturday night (combination of age, kids, too lazy). But i am interested in the causes of violence in the cities at night.

Many incidents are attributed to alcohol consumption, but do any of the ‘illegal’ other drugs cause problems (cannabis, ecstasy, ice, heroin…)?

I would be interested in anyones opinion on the anti-social effects of these other drugs.

Are the other drugs a big problem in Canberra?

I’ve seen a little antisocial behaviour in civic on Friday \ Saturday nights, but it’s not like every second person gets into a fight. I’d say 99% of everyone who goes into civic has a good night and goes home with no problems.

The less than 1% who actually has a problem, I’d guess it’s usually caused by drinking to much, rather than anything more sinister. (Young people, who have just been told it’s legal for them to drink who don’t know their limits yet)

Special G 8:04 pm 11 Dec 08

The 6 is that this is the sixth year the operation has been running. Nothing too sinister really.

Combinations of alcohol and other drugs tend to lead to some fairly unpredictable behaviour.

123qwe 7:32 pm 11 Dec 08

I am not interested in the slightest in venturing out into Civic on a Friday or Saturday night (combination of age, kids, too lazy). But i am interested in the causes of violence in the cities at night.

Many incidents are attributed to alcohol consumption, but do any of the ‘illegal’ other drugs cause problems (cannabis, ecstasy, ice, heroin…)?

I would be interested in anyones opinion on the anti-social effects of these other drugs.

Are the other drugs a big problem in Canberra?

harvyk1 1:55 pm 11 Dec 08

Yeah, I’m all for the Nightrider service. It really should run every friday and saturday night (and then public holiday nights as well). But it won’t and probably never will.

To much revenue to be raised through drink driving.

Canberra81 1:52 pm 11 Dec 08

Bring on Nightrider! I have always thought the late night ACTION buses are a great idea, and I wish they were able to run all year.

Most of the violence I’ve see in Civic at night happens in the taxi queues. You have a bunch of drunk, tired, cold people standing in a queue together, sometimes for up to an hour. All it takes is for someone to look the wrong way at the person next to them, or look as though they’re trying to jump the queue, and it turns into a huge confrontation.

Having a bus service like Nightrider makes such a difference to the general atmosphere in Civic at night.

BerraBoy68 12:35 pm 11 Dec 08

harvyk1 said :

BerraBoy68 said :

Not sure what the cops mean by Colbolt 6 but it sounds tougher (and cooler) than ‘Operation Safety and Protection of Patrons at Licensed Premises Through the Summer Months”. That would have been funnier though.

I don’t know, I think “Operation SAPOPALPTTSM” has legs

LOL!

ant 12:19 pm 11 Dec 08

Operation Catch Drunks. This is the gov’t’s secret plan to catch all teh Summernats hoons and lock them up at Centacare, where they’ll have to endure psalms for the duration.

harvyk1 12:10 pm 11 Dec 08

BerraBoy68 said :

Not sure what the cops mean by Colbolt 6 but it sounds tougher (and cooler) than ‘Operation Safety and Protection of Patrons at Licensed Premises Through the Summer Months”. That would have been funnier though.

I don’t know, I think “Operation SAPOPALPTTSM” has legs

tylersmayhem 12:00 pm 11 Dec 08

Haha – good point Berra! 🙂

Thumper 11:57 am 11 Dec 08

Operation Slippery Weasel.

Skidbladnir 11:56 am 11 Dec 08

Tylers, most of the ‘codename’ places have random number generators and associated pseudorandom word lists to come up with unassociated words, and string them together as a code phrase.

I say pseudorandom, because a truly random system would eventually spit out something inappropriate like “Operation Babykiller” or “Operation Camel Jockey” for roadside roadworthiness inspections.

blueberry 11:52 am 11 Dec 08

Sounds like a good idea.
I hope it works, In the last year civic at night in my opinion has become a really horrible place. Sure there will always be the odd undesirable factor in a night club district but it use be a lot of fun and you could go out with out worrying to much about aggressive behavior if you were sensible. Now it is just an unpleasant place to be.

BerraBoy68 11:42 am 11 Dec 08

TM: militarily, code names are aften two unrelated words that are put together as a code.

E.G Operation ‘Metal Grass’, or ‘Purple Cloud’. Personally though I like the old british system of place names or common terms, like ‘Market Garden’ or ‘Jaywick’.

Not sure what the cops mean by Colbolt 6 but it sounds tougher (and cooler) than ‘Operation Safety and Protection of Patrons at Licensed Premises Through the Summer Months”. That would have been funnier though.

tylersmayhem 11:22 am 11 Dec 08

I’ve always wondered who comes up with “operation” names. I’m researching the net to try and find the connection between “Colbalt” and alcohol consumption and violence and just can’t find anything?

I suppose the text from Wiki stating that Cobalt “is a distinctive deep blue color to glass, ceramics, inks, paints, and varnishes” could relate to the “deep blue color” meaning the police, and “glass, ceramics, inks, paints, and varnishes” relating to people being glassed, then hit over the head with a ceramic hanging basket from Civic by a tattooed paint sniffing fiend?!

What a cool job coming up with these names anyway. I might call the AFP and see how I can get a job on their taskforce.

DoZeR 11:02 am 11 Dec 08

lol, im 18, and go to civic alot, and this is a really good idea, sick of accidentally looking at someone and they try to go you, mostly outside mooseheads.

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