Police from the Tweed Byron command dealing with drunks on New Year's Eve.
Police from the Tweed Byron command dealing with drunks on New Year's Eve. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Booze related crime is chewing up Tweed police resources

TWEED Police officer Brendon Cullen said excessive alcohol consumption contributes significantly to crime in the Tweed Shire.

Detective Inspector Cullen said police also wasted a lot of time and resources dealing with alcohol-related offences.

"A high number of our callouts involve the irresponsible consumption of alcohol," Det Insp Cullen said. "There's no doubt alcohol plays a significant part in crime in the area.

"We're always seeing incidences where people consume too much."

Det Insp Cullen said it also placed police in dangerous situations.

"When we get called out to some of these offences, we put ourselves in danger due to people drinking too much. It's a significant problem in the community.

"Drinking too much means you lose your faculties, often causing damage to yourself and those around you."

He said police could only do so much, and people had to practice personal responsibility and moderation because "usually by the time we're called, it's too late to avoid the consequences".

"Responsible consumption of alcohol is really about taking a bit of personal responsibility."

Insp Cullen agreed that while illegal drug use was often highlighted as an issue in the Tweed, excessive alcohol consumption presented more of a problem for authorities and the community.



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