Candid footage to highlight dangers of alcohol abuse

BOOZY behaviour will be caught on candid cameras strapped to the chests of frontline police officers in pubs around New South Wales this weekend.

The fly-on-the-wall approach is designed to give the public an insight into the situations officers are dragged into when alcohol takes over.

A similar operation in Sydney's CBD last month captured footage of officers dealing with assault victims and their alleged attackers, a 15-year-old drunk and drug-affected teenager and, in one case, an intoxicated young mental health patient who police found self-harming.

This weekend's footage will be used to highlight the dangers of alcohol abuse.

Additional police will also be patrolling the streets nation-wide as part of the annual Australasian police initiative Operation Unite targeting anti-social and alcohol-related crime.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said while he didn't want to sound like a "party pooper", school-leavers in particular were on notice.

He said it was "heartbreaking" to see so many teenagers across the state roaming the streets every weekend "full to the gills" with alcohol.

"Our officers constantly care for young people who collapse on the streets and black out due to drunkenness," Mr Scipione said

"In many cases, parents don't know where their children are…or just don't care.

"We owe it to the people of New South Wales to get drunken criminals off the streets.

"However, it's more than that…we have a duty of care for people as well."

Stephen Riden from the Distilled Spirits Industry Council of Australia welcomed the initiative.

He said the DSICA had long been advocating for a return to traditional enforcement of alcohol related violence as the "vast majority" of people did the right thing and deserved to be protected from "the idiotic behaviour of a minority".



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