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Police with dogs to crackdown on entertainment districts

Sargent Craig Law, Officer in Charge. with his police dog 'Ty' doing familiarization training with the AGL chopper. Photo: Kari Bourne / Sunshine Coast Daily
Sargent Craig Law, Officer in Charge. with his police dog 'Ty' doing familiarization training with the AGL chopper. Photo: Kari Bourne / Sunshine Coast Daily Kari Bourne

A POLICE crackdown on entertainment precincts across the state will include more sniffer dogs to detect drugs than "ever before".

Operation Unite will involve about an extra 1000 Queensland police patrolling the streets from 6pm to 6am over the next four nights to protect personal safety.

The operation will focus on alcohol misuse, violence and anti-social behaviour in night spots.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said there would be uniform and plain clothes police as well as mounted officers and sniffer dogs.

He said police wanted to ensure most people could have a "great night out and a safe night out".

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the operation - which is a joint initiative across Australia - was about reducing the risk to "those people who just want to go out and have a good time".

"Part of the responsibility rests with all those individuals who are going to party," he said.

"We ask them to use their common sense, behave themselves, enjoy their activities over Easter break and work with the police to ensure everybody has a very safe and secure time.

"In the main we can see instances where there is antisocial behaviour right through the evening to the early morning.

"We are taking a united front to address alcohol related violence because we have 'had enough' of dealing with alcohol related violence in public places.

"It has got to change.

"We should be aware of our behaviour and that of our mates and not allow excessive drinking to be used as an excuse for engaging in violence."

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