Official celebrations started for students last night when thousands of school leavers congregated around Surfers Paradise to enjoy the entertainment and facilities provided.
Police were generally pleased with the behaviour of schoolies, with only a small number of the large crowd coming to the attention of police.
Overnight there were seven schoolies arrested on 15 charges which were all males. All of the charges related to drug possession.
It is timely to remind the community that the possession and consumption of illicit drugs is illegal. Not only is it illegal – it is also dangerous and could have fatal consequences.
Police will not hesitate and continue to take enforcement action against anyone found in possession of, supplying, trafficking or producing dangerous drugs.
Last year in 2018, for the same time frame, there were six schoolies arrested.
There were 11 people arrested on 11 charges which were non-schoolies.
The majority of the non-schoolies arrested related to drug and public nuisance offences.