Police have praised the majority of schoolies celebrating their end of studies at Byron Bay in the past two weeks, with only a small number of incidents occurring.
More than 10,000 school leavers visited the area over the two-week period, in addition to hundreds of day trippers and other tourists each day.
Police from the Tweed/Byron and Richmond Local Area Commands conducted high-visibility operations throughout the duration, focusing on alcohol-related offences and anti-social behaviour in and around licensed premises, carparks and beaches.
Tweed/Byron’s acting Local Area Commander, A/Superintendent Owen King, said he was pleased with the good behaviour displayed by most people.
“There were no serious or major incidents reported to police throughout the operation, which is a great result considering the huge influx of people into the town,” A/Supt King said.
“This year saw more schoolies than ever before visiting the town and I’d like to extend thanks to the many volunteers, including those from the schoolies safety response group, who assisted police in maintaining a safe environment.
“For the small minority who chose to do the wrong thing, they were dealt with swiftly and firmly by police, with a number of these individuals now before the courts.”
Results from the two-week operation included:
· 57 drug detections (38 cannabis cautions; 19 drug possession charges including 1 supply)
· 9 assaults related to ‘schoolies’
· 28 drink-driving charges
· 4 drug-driving detections
· 31 noise complaints
· 37 criminal infringement notices for street offences.