Newcastle police local area commander Superintendent John Gralton has warned New Year’s Eve revellers that more than 100 police out in force during festivities have been given strict instructions to continue his successful zero-tolerance method called consequence policing.
It includes writing out fines and arresting people for what some may seem as lesser crimes including littering, urinating in public and failing to leave an area when directed to.
‘‘The message is clear; don’t play up,’’ Superintendent Gralton said. ‘‘If you play up you will suffer the consequences.’’
Superintendent Gralton said his team of officers, which represents the biggest police operation of the year, will be patrolling the city as its residents celebrate bringing in the new year.
The patrols will include new alcohol-free zones in Empire, Dixon and Jefferson parks.
‘‘We want people to say they have gone out and enjoyed the city,’’ Superintendent Gralton said.
‘‘At the end of the day we don’t want people to have had a bad night because of the behaviour of a minority.’’
NSW Ambulance Service acting Commissioner Mike Willis yesterday foreshadowed clear trends that would be expected, particularly risk-taking and alcohol-related violence.
Mr Willis said the New Year’s Eve tradition of drinking large quantities of alcohol was a cause for serious concern.
“Excessive alcohol intake to the point of unconsciousness is a drug overdose which is life threatening and should never be trivialised.”