Addressing anti-social behaviour in public spaces
Alcohol-fuelled violence and the related social harm is a challenging issue facing the community. Government funding of $1.6 million enabled the QPS to provide an increased policing presence in entertainment ‘hotspots’ across the state between November and the end of January. The Major Event Planning Unit, Operations Support Command coordinated activities in conjunction with regional representatives to provide responses tailored for particular areas. The additional 16 000 hours of police enforcement focused on targeting alcohol-fuelled violence, and anti-social behaviour in high volume entertainment areas during the busy festive season. Throughout the ten week operation 1 759 people were arrested and charged with 2 165 offences.
Parliamentary Inquiry into Alcohol Related Violence
The Government is currently considering the report from the Inquiry into Alcohol Related Violence which makes a number of recommendations related to curbing alcohol-related violence and its implications.
BEER—Best analysis, Enforcement, Education and Relationships
The Mt Isa police Divisional Guide to Liquor Enforcement – Best Analysis, Enforcement, Education and Relationships (BEER) project was acknowledged at the 2010 National Drug and Alcohol Awards where it won the Law Enforcement Award. It is a collaborative project led by local police and involving licensees, local council and transport services which has had a positive impact on alcohol-related crime.
One Punch Can Kill campaign
The One Punch Can Kill campaign seeks to help young people, particularly men between the ages of 15 and 25, realise that a split-second decision to engage in violence can have deadly consequences. The slogan is a reminder that an individual act of violence can ruin many lives.
The current phase of the campaign which runs until February 2011 includes a new-look website; a statewide advertising competition; continued production and distribution of campaign merchandise; and cinema, bus and radio advertising.
The Party Safe initiative provides a process for the community to register parties with their local police. This reduces potential harms associated with parties and assists police by alerting them to potential problem areas.
The initiative includes a party registration form, information brochure on conducting safe parties, nonreusable numbered wrist bands for those attending a registered party and Party Safe posters so registered parties are easy to identify.
The Service has been proactively addressing youth violence and issues arising from the activities of street gangs through enforcement and preventative problem solving strategies. These strategies include targeted operations, School Based Police Officer programs, Police Liaison Officer community engagement, engagement with youth through the PCYC program and the Coordinated Response to Young People at Risk (CRYPAR) early intervention initiative.
Another approach the Service has taken is the establishment of a research project focusing on street gangs. This project will initially operate during 2010 and will examine strategic approaches to the issue of street gangs and ways of working with other agencies to develop a whole-of-Government approach.
Public nuisance e-ticketing trial
During 2009, a trial of issuing tickets for public nuisance offences was undertaken in South Brisbane and Townsville police districts. An independent evaluation of the trial by Griffith University found that ticketing provided an appropriate and effective option for police in dealing with public nuisance offences. Following consideration of the report’s findings, Government announced the implementation of statewide ticketing for public nuisance offences.
Weeding out cannabis in the Far North
The QPS is working in partnership with James Cook University (JCU) to address cannabis related issues in remote Indigenous communities.
The Weed it Out project aims to educate the community about Crime Stoppers, the impact of cannabis abuse and to develop long-term demand reduction strategies and educational packages.
The QPS role is to limit the supply of cannabis through crime prevention and awareness raising strategies, while JCU is responsible for gathering accurate localised data.
In 2010, this project won the QPS Gold Lantern Award for Excellence in Problem-Orientated and Partnership Policing. Since the commencement of this project, a dramatic increase in both Crime Stoppers and intelligence submissions has been witnessed.