Ballina MP Don Page has commended Local Area Commander Superintendent Bruce Lyons on his policy of targeting crime hotspots in his command.

“This high-visibility saturation operation in crime hotspots is what the community is looking for,” Mr Page said.

“I commend Superintendent Bruce Lyons on this high-visibility policing in crime hot spots to reduce anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.

“Places like Ballina, Lennox Head and Alstonville do have small groups of people involved in anti-social activity and the community wants to see the police active in stamping such behaviour out.

“High visibility policing works in reducing anti-social and criminal activity and protects the wider community.”

Mr Page was speaking after police from the Richmond Local Area Command conducted a high-visibility saturation operation last weekend, netting numerous arrests.

The operation targeting alcohol-related crime focused on Lismore, Nimbin, Casino, Alstonville, Ballina and Lennox Head.

In the operation police arrested six persons for PCA offences in Lennox Head in an hour-and-a-half, and also arrested a 20-year-old male at Ballina who was with a group on roof tops within the CBD.

The male was charged with trespass, assault police and resist arrest after he allegedly hit out at police as he was being placed into the caged truck.

Police confiscated a large quantity alcohol, issued notices relating to persons drinking in alcohol-free areas, and detected several offences relating to licensing offences relating to intoxicated patrons and service of alcohol to intoxicated patrons.

As part of the operation police issued move-ons, issued traffic infringement notices and gave several warnings and cautions.

Police said that of note over the weekend was the dramatic reduction in assaults within the command. Police are attributing this reduction directly to the operation.