Police arrest boozed-up revellers
THOUSANDS of additional police hit the streets of NSW on the second night of Operation Unite, the Australasian crackdown on alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.
Over 2000 additional police were involved in the two-night blitz targeting known hotspots in towns and CBD's as well as licensed premises, roads, waterways and transport hubs.
Last night's phase of the operation saw 209 people in NSW arrested and charged with 381 offences.
This compares with 251 people arrested and charged with 403 offences during the second night of the operation held in May this year.
Police said that 22 people were charged with either assaulting or hindering police and resisting arrest.
The use of the new intoxication/disorderly move-on legislation resulted in 191 people being issued with official move-ons.
There were also 400 people issued general move-on directions and 569 person searches conducted while 43 people were searched as a result of drug dog detections.
Motorists did not escape the eye of police with 11,483 random breath tests conducted and 100 people charged with drink-driving.
Deputy Commissioner (Field Operations) Nick Kaldas said police were generally pleased with the behaviour of people and the number of arrests and offences were down compared to previous years.
"The number of arrests and charges were down this year and this is a good start but we are still seeing people abusing alcohol and coming under police notice," Mr Kaldas said.
"Despite all the warnings and messages people still went out, got drunk and then turned on the police who were on the streets to protect them," he said.
The final Operation Unite statistics across Australia and New Zealand saw a total of 2228 people arrested.
Police responded to 231 assaults, issued fines for 578 licensing breaches and logged 987 breathalyser offences, such as drink driving and driving under the influence.