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Operation Unite: What is it?

On 17–21 April 2014  participating police jurisdictions across Australia and New Zealand are joining for the eighth time to conduct the cross-jurisdictional initiative, Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence.

ANZPAA appreciates your continued support and welcomes any collaborative efforts to assist the Operation in the future.

Please refer to the background information below on the Operation to support any promotional material used to demonstrate your organisation’s support in Operation Unite.

For further information on the Operation or to discuss your views, please contact the responsible officers, Fiona Pitman on (03) 9628 7227 or fiona.pitman@anzpaa.org.au, and Sameer Prakash on (03) 9628 7225 or sameer.prakash@anzpaa.org.au.

Background

Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence is a joint initiative of Police Commissioners across Australia and New Zealand. It demonstrates the united determination of police to challenge alcohol misuse, crime, violence and anti-social behaviour and achieve significant change in attitudes and behaviour in Australia and New Zealand.  Since its commencement in 2009, seven operations have been staged across Australia and New Zealand.

The aim of the Operation is to heighten community awareness of the issues associated with excessive alcohol consumption and related harm. The message reinforced is that police, frontline health workers and the wider community need to work together to reduce the impacts of alcohol-related harm.

The Operation has encouraged public discussion on the impacts of excessive alcohol consumption and risky drinking behaviours that lead to violence and disorder. ANZPAA’s analysis has shown that policing efforts received wide support for the Operation from a range of stakeholders, along with the community blogging, tweeting and commenting on media news stories. It also encourages the alcohol and hospitality industry, community groups and other government bodies to think about the impact alcohol misuse has on the community.

Police Commissioners are committed to promoting greater public awareness of drug and alcohol-related issues and associated harms, and collaborate in support of collective change. ANZPAA is seen to be the vehicle for this collective work.

ANZPAA Drug and Alcohol Strategy 2012–2015

Operation Unite reflects the strategic priorities of the Police Ministers and the ANZPAA Board and is an important part of the ANZPAA Drug and Alcohol Strategy 2012–2015. The Strategy’s intent is to reduce the harms and manage the risks associated with drug use and alcohol misuse.

The Strategy aims to:

  • promote knowledge and information sharing to inform policing responses to drug use and alcohol misuse
  • increase police awareness of the impacts of drug and alcohol-related harm on the community
  • strengthen partnerships with police, stakeholders and the community.

The Operation will be conducted for the eighth time over the Easter period of Thursday 17 to Monday 21 April 2014.

When 

Operation Unite will run between 1800 hours (local time) Thursday 17 April to 0600 hours (local time) Monday 21 April 2014.

Theme

The theme for the Easter 2014 Operation will focus on raising awareness of the impacts of alcohol misuse on individuals and the community.  It will build on the previous Operation Unite messages of personal responsibility and educating the young drinking public and extend engagement with the health and community sectors.

Risky drinking and drinking excessive amounts can lead to serious consequences when situations get out of control, including violent crime, violence and antisocial behaviour. Getting the whole of the community involved in creating a safer community is an important part of raising awareness. The operation is an opportunity to call on the community to think about their behaviour when out drinking and consider the consequences long after the night is over.  It is also an opportunity to consider how the affordability and availability of alcohol is a significant contributor to the alcohol-related violence on our city streets and entertainment precincts.

Launch

Operation Unite will be launched locally in each participating jurisdiction on the morning of Tuesday 15 April 2014 from 0600 hours.

Key messages

Operation Unite aims to send a strong and clear message that police will not put up with alcohol-related violence, drunken behaviour and other related crime.

The key messages agreed to by all Commissioners for use in media activity for the Operation are as follows:

  • Operation Unite is a joint initiative of Police Commissioners across Australia and New Zealand. It demonstrates the united determination of police to challenge alcohol misuse, crime, violence and anti-social behaviour.
  • Police are using the Easter weekend as an opportunity to highlight the risk of injury, assault and violence associated with excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Operation Unite is an opportunity to call on the community to think about their behaviour when out drinking and consider the consequences long after the night is over.  We can all play a part in creating change.
  • The infatuation with drinking to get drunk and poor decision making fuelled with alcohol can result in a life changing experience for the worse. Police, emergency services and health department resources are stretched when dealing with and responding to alcohol-related injuries and violent behaviour.
  • Everyone in the community can all play a part in creating change. Time is now for cultural shift in the way we drink and the attitudes towards consumption. Let’s help shape our drinking culture to be a safer more responsible one.

ANZPAA Website and Operation Unite Facebook Page

Operation Unite has its own Facebook Page.  Please visit the site to find out more information about the operation, some fun facts and statistics and a photo gallery. Each ‘Like’ the page receives increases the opportunity to promote the key messages of the operation.

More information about ANZPAA’s work on the Drug and Alcohol Strategy can also be found on the ANZPAA Website.