Cops out in force for New Year
THEY'RE not the fun police by any means but they will make examples of New Year's Eve troublemakers and lawbreakers.
Police across the Coffs Coast are operating under a leave embargo at this time of year to ensure revellers don't get out of hand.
Additional resources will come from uniformed officers as well as the Dog Squad, Operational Support Group, detectives and highway patrol.
"We are going to have designated high-visibility beat policing in many areas and we will particularly focus on the Jetty precinct and Coffs Harbour central business district as well as beach parties across the coast," said Inspector Scott Parker.
"We will be strongly enforcing alcohol-free and alcohol-prohibited zones which are in force throughout this period.
"These zones mean no alcohol is to be consumed in these areas, which will be operating primarily in open public spaces such as parks and paths and roads leading to them.
"They have been introduced in consultation with Coffs Harbour City Council."
Mr Parker said police hoped New Year's Eve partygoers enjoyed their night responsibly.
"We expect it to be a family-orientated evening at the fireworks display at the Jetty Foreshores and we won't tolerate it being spoiled by people doing the wrong thing," he said.
"People also need to remember police will be out in force on major roads and side roads throughout the weekend so if you plan to drink, plan not to drive."