Police across the Fraser Coast will be conducting a weekend operation in the lead up to Australia Day targeting property crime, anti-social behaviour, drink and drug driving and traffic offences.
The weekend operation is part of the wider and on-going Operation Sledgehammer which commenced at Hervey Bay on January 18 and will continue until the end of January.
The operation is designed to assist in preventing and disrupting criminal activities and poor driving behaviours through proactive high visibility policing activities in identified localities and areas.
This multi issue-based operation is also designed to reduce the incidence of drug and alcohol fuelled violence, property crime and ant-social behaviour.
Operation Sledgehammer, including this weekend’s police action, is a proactive high visibility, saturation approach in which the community will see an increase police presence throughout the Hervey Bay area.
Up to 20 officers, including uniformed and plain clothes police, as well as road policing officers and members of the dog squad are involved in the operation.
Operation Sledgehammer has seen and will continue to see, targeted intelligence driven patrols of areas within Hervey Bay, locations that experience high populations and pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and therefore more prone to opportunistic crime and anti-social behaviour.
Locations such as The Esplanade, surrounding shopping areas, accommodation centres and caravan parks have been a focus of police patrols since January 18, with officers conducting foot and vehicle patrols, traffic intercepts including random drug and breath testing.
Operation Sledgehammer is part of an increased traffic and crime driven operational approach to disrupt criminal, anti-social and reckless behaviour of some within our community and some motorists who display callous disregard for other road user.
Anyone with information on local crime or traffic issues is urged to contact police (details below).