Defence against violent CBD drunks could be gone by Easter
GLADSTONE Police's community-funded Operation Parasol is running dry of funds, with police warning the successful initiative could be abandoned before Easter.
The $3500-a-night operation, which was initiated to curb alcohol-fuelled violence in the CBD, has only two weekends of funding remaining.
Last July, without state or federal government financial support, big industry and small businesses pooled $150,000 to fund the initiative.
Gladstone Police Superintendent Glenn Kachel said the force would have to revert to its priority policing model if funds were not secured.
"We are evaluating whether Operation Parasol is continued over the Easter period," Supt Kachel said.
"Recent experience indicates that the number of patrons diminishes over the Easter period."
But currently there are no funds to continue it beyond Easter either.
The Priority Policing Model involves frontline police officers attending the most important incidents.
This can mean public nuisance or alcohol-fuelled violence issues aren't attended.
When asked whether relying on industry was a viable funding solution, Supt Kachel said that was the current arrangement in place.
"Funding is always an issue," he said. "Police are looking at a renewed focus on our policing response to good order issues and the increasing rate of assaults in the city."
Operation Parasol funding
- Contributors include: small business and big industry.
- The operation costs police $3500 a night to deploy five police officers in the CBD.
- Pool began with $150,000.
- Two weeks of funding remains.
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