Early warning


ROSEBUD police are urging school leavers to celebrate safely and responsibly this Schoolies Week, which kicks off later this year.

“The majority of school leavers had a good time without any trouble last year, but, unfortunately, there were a small number who took celebrations too far,” Mornington Peninsula inspector Janene Denton said.

“We know that Rosebud is a popular destination for schoolies and, every year, police will be out and about to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.

“We’ll be boosting our patrols during schoolies this year to keep partygoers safe. We will target disruptive parties, alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour, especially along the foreshore.”

Inspector Denton urged young revellers not to ruin celebrations for everyone else by getting “carried away and engaging in risk-taking or criminal behaviour”.

“You may end up hurting yourselves, someone else or get arrested – it’s simply not worth it,” she said.

“Be mindful of noise, respectful to neighbours and the community, look out for your mates and don’t be afraid to call out your friends if they’re taking things too far.

“Like every year, we will be working with our partner agencies to make sure everyone has a safe well-earned break.”

Inspector Denton said no official schoolies events were planned for the Mornington Peninsula this year. “School leavers are encouraged to keep this in mind when visiting the area,” she said.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 14 August 2018


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