‘Party safely and know your limits’ – that’s the message from senior officers at Tweed/Byron Police District ahead of 2019 schoolies celebrations.
School leavers from across NSW are due to arrive in Byron Bay and other parts of Northern NSW from today (Thursday 21 November 2019) and are expected to stay into December.
Tweed/Byron Police District Officer in Charge at Byron Bay, Detective Chief Inspector Matt Kehoe said police will be targeting drug and alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.
Police will also be working closely with the Schoolies Safety Response agencies, which include Byron Youth Service and Red Frog volunteers to enhance the safety and responsible behaviour of young people, while minimising the disruption to local communities.
“Finishing high school is a momentous occasion for all school leavers and we want to make sure schoolies celebrations are conducted in a safe environment,” Det Ch Insp Kehoe said.
“Drugs and alcohol impairs your judgement and can lead to risky behaviours or choices which can impact the rest of your life.
“Know your limits and look out for your mates, we want this to be a memorable time for all schoolies – but for the right reasons.
“We aren’t here to ruin the fun – our officers will be around and are there for your safety; approach police or authorities if you are in danger, if you feel threatened or you are a victim of any type of crime.
“Thousands of people are expected to fill Byron Bay, and people are urged to plan ahead; those not joining in the celebrations are asked to watch out for increased pedestrian activity and keep an eye out on the roads.
“As always, if you’re planning on drinking – you need a Plan B to get yourself home,” Det Ch Insp Kehoe said.
For event information visit the official schoolies website: https://www.schoolies.com/party/byron-bay