Police to Crack Down on Public Nuisances

28 Oct 2010 10:44 AMJann Stuckey

28 October 2010

Speaking on new police powers in state Parliament recently, Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, endorsed laws that would assist police to curb public nuisance offences in our suburbs.

Ms Stuckey also used the opportunity to acknowledge the ongoing good work of police in the Currumbin electorate. 

“The Police Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 introduced a state-wide ticketing system to give police the power to issue on-the-spot fines for public nuisance offences,” Ms Stuckey said.

“These include offensive behaviour or language, verbal taunts, disorderly behaviour, destruction of property such as smashing beer bottles, kicking over bins and urinating in public.

“Having an entertainment precinct in our midst, police in the Currumbin electorate have to deal with a higher number of public nuisance offences than quieter locations, and have welcomed the changes.

“Despite a shortage of resources, our local police have learned to maximize their efforts by working closely with the community, ensuring a strong relationship of cooperation and collaboration. 

“Inspector Des Lacy and Superintendent Jim Keogh were instrumental in several projects that have benefited the community, such as the Southern Alliance, Palm Beach Community Consultative Committee and local truancy operations.

“Sadly these two experienced policemen are moving to positions further north and I wish them well in their new endeavours.

“Acting Inspector Chris Ahearn and officers at Palm Beach and Coolangatta stations do a fantastic job maintaining order and safety in our community. 

“Senior Constables Tony Unicomb and Kurt Foessel, along with Constable Emily Tragis and new arrival Katrina Casaclang also play an important role at the Elanora Police Beat. 

“Disturbances in our neighbourhoods should not be tolerated and the provision for police to issue tickets will hopefully act as a deterrent.

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