Police numbers to be beefed up for Jacaranda

By JULIA ILES

julia.iles@dailyexaminer.com.au

AN increased police presence will be used in Grafton on Jacaranda Thursday in a bid to stamp out unruly behaviour.

"There will be a strong police contingent to stop anti-social be- haviour and alcohol related crimes," Senior Constable Greg Fitzpatrick said.

Police officers will travel from all over the Clarence Valley to assist on the day.

"We want to ensure that families will enjoy the day and have a good time without being hassled."

Drunkenness, brawls and bad behaviour have been problems on Jacaranda Thursday in previous years, Sen Const Fitzpatrick said.

Police have formulated a strategy for the day and will meet to discuss it with local publicans. They also plan to increase public awareness about alcohol-free zones.

Current 24-hour alcohol-free zones include Memorial and Fisher parks, and Market Square.

"We are telling people not to over-indulge, be mindful of how much you drink and have a designated driver," Sen Const Fitzpatrick said.



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