Police launch Operation New Year’s Eve 2019 ahead of celebrations

NSW Police will be deployed as part of a highly-visible and mobile police operation to ensure the safety and security of the community ahead of Sydney’s 2019 New Year’s Eve celebration.

Operation New Year’s Eve 2019 will commence tomorrow (Tuesday 31 December 2019), as significant crowds begin to converge on the Sydney Harbour foreshore and at events across the state for New Year’s festivities.

General duties officers from Police Area Commands and Police Districts across the state will be assisted by specialist units including Public Order & Riot Squad, Police Transport Command, Operations Support Group, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Licensing Police, Mounted Unit, Dog Unit, Marine Area Command and PolAir, throughout the operation.

Central Metropolitan Region Commander and Operation New Year’s Eve 2019 Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing APM, said police will be focusing on public safety, alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Every year, Sydney celebrates New Year’s Eve in spectacular fashion – drawing significant crowds to the city and harbour foreshore areas,” Assistant Commissioner Willing said.

“Police will be out in force across the event footprint to ensure the movement of crowds to vantage points are managed safely.

“We want everyone to have a memorable night for the right reasons, so celebrate responsibly, drink in moderation and look after one another – you don’t want to start 2020 with a criminal record,” Assistant Commissioner Willing said.

NSW Police have been working closely with City of Sydney, NSW Government agencies, landowners and other stakeholders in the lead up to the event, to ensure the festivities are safe and family-friendly.

Extensive assessments have been conducted throughout the year and detailed plans will be implemented to ensure traffic, transport, crowd behaviour and security are expertly managed.

“Police want New Year’s Eve to be safe and fun for everyone, and one of the best ways to achieve this is to plan your night in advance,” Assistant Commissioner Willing said.

“Key sites will have security checks upon entry and are closely monitored by police and event security to gauge when they are reaching capacity, and people will be directed away from the area to prevent overcrowding.

“The public should be reassured that police have a significant, robust and flexible operation in place to ensure the safety of revellers throughout the night,” Assistant Commissioner Willing said.

Detailed vantage point information, alcohol-free zones and important hints and tips for the evening are available on the Sydney New Year’s Eve website: www.sydneynewyearseve.com.

The website also features important traffic and transport information to assist revellers in planning their trip to and from the city.

“There will be a number of major road closures and significant changes to traffic conditions in and around the CBD, so public transport is certainly your best bet,” Assistant Commissioner Willing said.

“For those who insist on driving, please be patient, be aware of your surroundings as there will be a large number of pedestrians and never drink or drug drive,” he added.

Detailed public transport information is available on the Sydney New Year’s Eve website. Special event traffic information can also be found at: www.livetraffic.com.

With significant maritime traffic expected on Sydney Harbour, police and maritime authorities will be out in force to ensure operators of recreational and commercial vessels are complying with maritime laws.

“For those that choose to enjoy the celebrations from the water, stay alert and be always be aware of your surroundings and other boaters in the area,” Assistant Commissioner Willing said.

“Before heading out on the water, check the vessel is in good working order, ensure all the required safety equipment is on board – most importantly, lifejackets.

“And remember, the alcohol limit is 0.05 – just like on land – and with officers conducting random breath tests on the water, it’s safer not to drink at all,” Assistant Commissioner Willing said.

Visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au and follow the links to Maritime for details on exclusion zones and movement restriction times.

Hot weather is expected across Sydney tomorrow, and police are urging those who plan to arrive at vantage points early to secure their spot to make sure they are prepared for the weather, which includes having sun protection and lots of hydrating fluids.

Police are also urging revellers to keep informed on the conditions, look after their health and remember the four key messages to keep healthy in the heat:

1. Drink plenty of water (limit hot, sugary, or alcoholic beverages)

2. Keep cool (stay in the air conditioning, if possible)

3. Take care of others (visit or contact those at risk of heat-related illness)

4. Have a plan (know who to contact if you need assistance and seek medical advice if you feel unwell).

Visit www.bom.gov.au for updated weather forecasts and warnings.

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