Police united: Tweed Heads Local Area Commander Supt Stuart Wilkins and Det Insp Shane Diehm with (rear, from left) Gold Coast District officers Chris Ahearn and Supt Paul Ziebarth.
Police united: Tweed Heads Local Area Commander Supt Stuart Wilkins and Det Insp Shane Diehm with (rear, from left) Gold Coast District officers Chris Ahearn and Supt Paul Ziebarth. Blainey Woodham

Tweed is a safe place: police

POLICE have declared Tweed Heads and Coolangatta safe places to live and work after dozens of people were arrested as part of a cross-border police operation at the weekend.

Some 47 people will face 50 charges ranging from drink-driving to public nuisance and drug possession as a result of Operation Unison.

The high visibility of police was part of a joint operation between Queensland and New South Wales, conducted on the state border between 4pm last Friday and 6am Sunday.

The operation resulted in 25 people being charged with drink-driving offences, 10 were charged with public nuisance and three people charged with possessing a dangerous drug.

Gold Coast District Officer Superintendent Paul Ziebarth and Tweed Byron Local Area Commander Superintendent Stuart Wilkins developed Operation Unison to tackle public order and alcohol-related issues with a co-ordinated approach.

“Coolangatta and Tweed Heads is a safe place to live and do business; the perception that this area is not safe is unfair,” Supt Ziebarth said.

“We are showcasing how we work together, and this is how we operate 24/7 365 days of the year.

“It makes for good policing strategy that we are working in conjunction with our colleagues in a border community to enhance local policing efforts.”

Supt Wilkins said police officers targeted the CBDs of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads and the major arterial roads on both sides of the border.

“Our priority was to maintain a high-visibility policing presence in those areas and enforce public order,” Supt Wilkins said.

“While there were a significant and unacceptable number of people caught drink driving, it was pleasing to see there were no serious assaults or public order issues during this operation.”



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