Police go to the beach for safety


BEACHES on the Mornington Peninsula will be a focus of the police Operation Summersafe until March.

The police are armed with an arsenal of tools and resources to help ensure community safety, including the public order response team, mounted branch, water police, drone unit and dog squad.

Commander Libby Murphy said police would have a highly visible presence on beaches within the Southern Metropolitan Region.

“We will focus on using real time intelligence and technology through the drone unit to detect and deter offending, giving us the ability to flexibly deploy resources to where they’re most needed,” she said. “Those choosing to have weapons or be unruly, confrontational or cause people to be alarmed, will be swiftly identified. Police will intervene and take action.

“We know these groups often travel between popular beach locations so we’ll be closely monitoring the public transport network to ensure that everyone can go about their day and night safely.”

Police and Protective Services Officers will patrol public transport hubs, local roads and enforce local bylaws regarding the consumption and possession of alcohol.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 10 December 2019


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