POLICE are patrolling late night entertainment areas across the Mornington Peninsula as part of Operation Asbo.
Mornington’s senior sergeant Paul Edwards said a visible police presence at some of the hot spots for anti-social behaviour, including Main Street, Mornington, South Beach, Mount Martha and The Esplanade, was helping to keep late night revellers under control.
Edwards said patrols have been assisted by officers from the Frontline Tactical Unit targeting certain areas around licensed venues between 7pm and 3am.
“Since the start of May, when we started this operation, things have been pretty quiet in the areas we normally expect to see some anti-social behaviour,” he said.
Mornington Peninsula Local Area Commander, Inspector Terry Rowlands, said police were preparing for an influx of visitors to peninsula over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
“Everyone heading out for a meal or a drink will see a bolstered presence in the area as part of Operation Asbo, targeting liquor licensing and patron behaviour,” he said.
“Local police will be supported by specialist police including the dog squad and highway patrol, making sure everyone gets home safely.”
This time last year, police responded to five criminal incidents at licensed venues in these areas across the long weekend, including three assaults.
“By all means have a drink and a good time with your friends but if you’re thinking of heading out to cause trouble, don’t bother. You will be arrested, you will be placed before the courts and you will face serious repercussions for your actions,” Rowlands said.