COVID-complacency concerns for regional NSW police during Operation Pariac

COVID-complacency concerns for regional NSW police during Operation Pariac

More than 100 licensing breaches have been detected during inspections at more than 1000 licensed venues as part of a high-visibility operation targeting alcohol-related crime and COVID-Safety compliance across regional NSW.

Police from the Northern, Southern and Western Regions conducted Operation Pariac on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12, with general duties officers assisted by specialist licencing police to target alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour both inside and around licensed premises.

About 7.20pm on Saturday, June 12, officers from The Hume Police District conducted a vehicle stop on Sloane Street, Goulburn, for the purpose of a random breath test.

Police spoke with the 75-year-old male driver, before conducting a roadside breath test which returned a positive result.

He was arrested and taken to Goulburn Police Station where he underwent a secondary breath analysis which allegedly returned a positive reading of 0.253.

He was charged with high-range PCA and is due to face court on Wednesday, July 7. His license was also suspended.

Meanwhile, in 2020, Operation Pariac also included a focus on COVID-Safety compliance for both licensees and patrons.

While NSW COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease, officers again worked along with venues and licensees to ensure all relevant restrictions were adhered to, and all patrons could celebrate in a safe environment.

Officers conducted inspections to ensure venues and patrons were aware of their responsibilities to maintain a COVID-safe environment as restrictions continue to ease.

During the operation;

  • 55 people were arrested, and 76 charges were laid for offences including assault, resist arrest, drive under the influence
  • 1011 business inspections were conducted
  • 102 breaches were detected (including 76 Liquor breaches and 26 Gaming breaches), with 89 infringements issued - including 16 traffic infringements. Follow up inquiries are continuing with several venues
  • 18 COVID-19 related beaches were identified
  • 579 RSA Competency Card and 158 security licence checks were undertaken, and
  • 1868 RBTs conducted and 15 RDTs

Operation Pariac Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Chad Gillies, said while patrons and licensees behaved sensibly over the long weekend, he is concerned about the complacency with COVID-compliance and required procedures which are still in place under the Public Health Orders.

"We, in NSW, need to be conscious that the pandemic is not yet over - as such, we must maintain all relevant safety precautions, including social distancing, good hygiene and checking into venues using the NSW Health QR codes via the Service NSW app," Acting Assistant Commissioner Gillies said.

"If you do not have a smartphone, it is a requirement of all venues to have a manual check-in option. These details are required in the event of contact tracers needing to identify any persons who have been at a venue during a certain time period.

"We have been doing these things for more than a year now, it has become common practice to check-in wherever we go - whether it be a licensed venue or not. It's on the patrons, licensees and staff members to ensure all procedures are followed so we can continue to live in a COVID-Safe way.

"Licensing police will be following up with those venues who are not abiding by the Liquor and Gaming Act to ensure travelling through Regional NSW is safe and enjoyable for all," Acting Assistant Commissioner Gillies said.

Region Breakdown

Southern:

  • Arrests - 18
  • Charges - 24
  • Business inspections - 355
  • Liquor and Gaming infringements - 22
  • Move on directions - 7
  • COVID-19 related warnings - 5
  • Possess/supply drug - 7
  • RBT conducted - 634
  • PCA - 3
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