Police are urging members of the public to commemorate Anzac Day in the spirit of comradeship, and without anti-social, dangerous or criminal behaviour.
Operation Highbrook, a high-visibility policing strategy, will be in place on Anzac Day, to ensure the safety of the large crowds expected at events across the state.
General duties police from Local Area Commands across the state will be assisted by officers from a range of specialist units, including Traffic and Highway Patrol, PolAir, Mounted Police, Dog Unit, Licensing, and Public Order Riot Squad, to provide a family-friendly environment for all Anzac Day events.
Operation Highbrook Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch, said this national day of remembrance should be observed appropriately.
“Anzac Day is one of the most solemn days of the year for many Australians and New Zealanders and we want everyone in NSW to be able to commemorate the day without fear of being a victim of drunkenness or violence,” Assistant Commissioner Murdoch said.
“We have been working with event organisers to ensure this year’s Anzac Day is enjoyable for everyone attending, particularly the ex-servicemen, their families and communities.
“Criminal and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. Anyone who attempts to disrupt Anzac Day events can expect to be arrested, ejected, or moved on quickly.
“In the spirit of ANZAC, we encourage members of the public to toast to the memory of fallen colleagues, family and friends – but we urge them to drink responsibly.
“Our message is clear – be sensible, be responsible, know your limits, and look out for your mates.
“Underage drinking or alcohol-fuelled violence by persons of any age will not be tolerated under any circumstances.”
In addition, police will be enforcing alcohol-free zones and encourage anyone attending events in Sydney CBD to check the City of Sydney website for more information.
Police will also be targeting drink-driving, with random breath testing sites at specific locations on routes leading to and from events.
“Both marked and unmarked police vehicles will be patrolling all major roads and back streets, so if you take the risk and drink-drive, you will be caught.
“If you plan to drink, leave your car at home, organise a designated driver, hail a taxi or catch public transport,” said Assistant Commissioner Murdoch.
There will be a number of road closures, clearways and traffic diversions in place within Sydney’s CBD for the annual Anzac Day March and people are further encouraged to use public transport.
For special-event traffic and transport information, refer to the NSW Transport Info website at www.131500.com.au or call 131500, or visit the Roads and Maritime Services website at www.rms.nsw.gov.au.
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