Police urge residents to plan ahead for Australia Day

With Australia Day only days away, local police are urging the community to plan ahead and celebrate safely.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to celebrate our national day at events across the Sydney and millions more will gather with their mates at Australia Day parties across NSW.

NSW Police have rostered thousands of additional police statewide to ensure the day is safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Michael Fuller said Australia Day is about celebrating everything that’s great about our country and urged people to celebrate safely.

“Australia Day is more than just a public holiday and it should be an enjoyable event for all Australians and any overseas visitors joining the celebrations,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Michael Fuller said.

“Once again, police will be focusing on alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour, and we encourage everyone to look out for themselves and their mates who might be intoxicated and vulnerable.

“Act responsibly and know your limits. Take the time to think about the consequences of your actions, remembering that alcohol impairs your judgement, leading to poor decisions and sometimes dangerous behaviour.

“By acting responsibly, you might save a life – and it might be yours,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Fuller said.

Acting Blacktown commander, Acting Superintendent Bob Fitzgerald said local police will be out in force, not only to deter crime but arrest anyone breaking the law,” Acting Superintendent Fitzgerald said.

“We are expecting significant crowds at Blacktown, Seven Hills and Doonside Railway Stations, the local central business districts and those that will be attending the Rooty Hill Australia Day celerbrations and we want everyone to have a good time but not at the expense of other people’s safety.

“When making plans for the day, make a plan for how you will get home and stick to it. If you’re planning to drink, don’t drive.

“If you kick off early, pace yourself when drinking alcohol, show some personal responsibility, eat something and drink plenty of water and look after your mates.

“If you’re planning to go away for long weekend, lock up your homes and ensure you have protected your home from thieves,” Acting Superintendent Fitzgerald said.

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