Extra police for NYE celebrations

EXTRA police officers, security guards and the area’s full fleet of taxis will be out in force tonight in Coolangatta.

Coolangatta Police Duty Sergeant Billy Kaz warned New Year’s Eve revellers to behave themselves as extra police officers will be on duty.

“Deployments from Brisbane’s public safety response team are coming down to assist with public order enforcement,” Sgt Kaz said.

“And the tactical crime squad is available throughout the Gold Coast to respond to divisional requirements.”

Sgt Kaz said their New Year’s Eve police operation will be running per usual.

“Hopefully it will be quieter than the past few years,” he said.

“People should be aware that there is a zero tolerance by police of consumption of alcohol in public places, regardless of the circumstances.”

Coolangatta Police are also undertaking operation “Merrit” to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence attached to licensed areas, and curb public order and assault-related offences.

Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Taxi Service general manager Murray Spence said all their staff and cars are prepared for their busiest night of the year.

“The full fleet will be on,” Mr Spence said.

“We don’t do pre-bookings on the night, people just have to ring up when they’re ready and we’ll be there when we can.”

Mr Spence said delays are unavoidable.

“It’s just a matter of being very patient and not abusing the cab driver because he’s out there doing his best.”

If people want a taxi, they can telephone 133-422 or wait at the secure taxi rank in Marine Parade, out the front of KFC.

As part of the Gold Coast City Council’s Get Home Safely campaign the taxi rank will be manned by two security guards.

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