Yes, Russell, this really is the job of the police. …

Comment on Police presence cuts turnover of pub by 40% by Hal Duell.

Yes, Russell, this really is the job of the police. In a different world perhaps a society would not be held to ransom by binge drinkers lurking in the saltbush waiting for eyes to be diverted. But we don’t live in a different world. We live in the one we have, and for the first summer in a long, long time, it’s quiet out there.
This quiet is down solely to the police presence at the bottle shops and take-away outlets that we are now seeing in Alice Springs.
Reform society if you can.
Instil a social consciousness in Big Alcohol if you can.
But meanwhile, let the police institute a long overdue regime of proactive, community policing. The benefits will come, not least in children from across the board not having to witness staggering, loud and offensive drunks littering our parks and side-walks.
In one demographic such witnessing produces scorn leading to racism. In the other it produces shame leading to racism. And it is there, right there in the attitudes learnt by children that we can, and with this initiative and others like it, will turn the corner toward a better future.

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Police presence cuts turnover of pub by 40%
As a resident of The Gap with a house about equidistant from the Gapview Hotel and Pigglys, all I can say is, What bliss! Add the motor bike patrols running up and down the railway corridor and through the local park, and it won’t be long before I have to spend my own money on dog food instead of using what I get for empty drink containers.
Sorry, Diane, but no sympathy from this quarter. Maybe once word gets around that the public doesn’t have to run a gauntlet of loud abusive drunks to access your establishment, your business will pick up again.
Go strong, NT Police. Go strong all summer long.

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