Cleveland Law & Order
Drug and Drink Driving, North Stradbroke Island
Dunwich Police in conjunction with the Random Drug Testing Unit (RDTU) recently conducted Operation Mike Varta, targeting drug and drink driving on North Stradbroke Island.
This operation saw the RDTU attending the island on a regular basis over a three month period conducting mobile enforcement throughout June, July and August.
As a result 20 people were detected on a total of 29 offences.
Seven drivers are facing court for drug driving.
Almost 600 RBT’s and 56 Random Drug Tests were conducted, 54 traffic infringement notices were issued and one vehicle was impounded.
Six search warrants were executed resulting in a number of drug charges including possess, produce and supply dangerous drugs and possession of utensils.
Dunwich Police are reminding residents and visitors to the island that “anywhere – anytime” is as relevant on the island as it is on the mainland.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.
Strong reforms ensure a Safe Night Out in Cleveland
27 August 2014
Cleveland families and residents will be able to enjoy a safe night out following the nation’s most comprehensive package of reforms, designed to end alcohol and drug-related violence, being passed in Parliament this week.
The Government was delivering on its strong plan to end senseless deaths and violence.
The community has told myself and the Government that they’d had enough. The violence has to stop.
While the overwhelming majority of people go out to enjoy themselves with friends and family, there is still a minority of people who spoil a good night out for everyone with violence and anti-social behaviour.
The Safe Night Out Strategy is the most comprehensive plan of its kind in the country with stronger penalties, targeted action by police, new measures to ensure responsible service of alcohol and initiatives to educate and prevent drug and alcohol-related violence.
It’s about getting our community involved in changing the culture, restoring responsibility and ensuring bad behaviour is no longer tolerated.
The Government promised Queenslanders that it would revitalise frontline services, build a four pillar economy and make this state the safest place to raise a family. These reforms are our strong plan to ensure our area is a fun and safe place to live and visit for families.
Key elements of the strategy include:
- Compulsory drug and alcohol education in Queensland schools from Years 7 to 12.
- A new offence of “unlawful striking causing death”, which will carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and require the offender to serve 80 per cent of his or her prison sentence
- Increased penalties for other violent and antisocial offences such as serious assault of public officers, public nuisance, refusing to leave a licensed premises, obstructing police, failing to obey a move-on order and urinating in public
- Empowering police to issue banning orders and ensuring police have the resources to have a presence and ability to respond quickly to alcohol and drug related violence
- Stronger and better co-ordinated action to ensure licensees provide a safe environment and comply with liquor licensing rules, including ‘mystery shopper’ style tests
- An awareness campaign, including advertising, to promote clear standards of responsible behaviour for patrons, licensees and police
- Giving the local Council the right to veto Adult Entertainment license applications
The strategy had been backed by $44.5 million funding injection in this year’s State Budget.
The Government is committed to the preservation of our diverse and vibrant nightlife. The overwhelming majority of Queenslanders do the right thing when they go out and the Government wants people to be safe and enjoy themselves.
The Safe Night Out Strategy is all about protecting Queenslanders and all that is great in our wonderful nightlife.
The Safe Night Out Strategy can be found online: with stronger penalties, targeted action by police and new initiatives to educate and prevent drug and alcohol-related violence.
Law & Oder Commitments & Achivments
In line with the government commitment to increase frontline services, Cleveland Police Station has received two new first year constables in recent times. This is in addition to the extra police in the last budget for North Stradbroke Island and extra officers to patrol the Cleveland train line.
Mark is committed to working hard to ensure that the suburbs comprising Cleveland electorate are the safest places to live, work, play and raise our children.