Far South Coast Local Area Command urges community to celebrate safely this Australia Day

The Far South Coast Local Area Command are urging members of the community to plan ahead to ensure a safe celebration this Australia Day.

Visitors and locals are expected to join in the celebrations for our national day with family and friends throughout the state on Friday 26 January 2018.

Operation Australia, a high-visibility policing operation, will see general duties officers from multiple commands, assisted by specialist police, ensuring a safe and secure environment for attendees.

Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb, said police aren’t here to ruin your fun; however, we are not going to tolerate behaviour that risks the safety of others.

Officers will be focussing on anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related crime so if you plan to drink, do so in moderation and know your limits.

Marine Area Command officers will be out in force and remind members of the public that drinking alcohol or taking drugs while on the water don’t mix and can end tragically.

Superintendent Stephen Hegarty, Acting Far South Coast Local Area Commander said additional police will be deployed as part of Operation Australia to ensure you and your family can celebrate safely.

“If you plan to attend an event near you, check the conditions of entry and remember that glass is prohibited in some areas,” Superintendent Hegarty said.

“Officers will be conducting patrols on our streets and our roads, so have a ‘Plan B’ and don’t drink and drive.”

“This day isn’t just a public holiday – it’s a day to celebrate everything that’s great about living in this nation. Don’t let this turn into a memorable day for the wrong reasons,” Superintendent Hegarty said.

For details about what’s happening in your area and further event-related information, visit the official Australia Day website: http://www.australiaday.com.au/

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