Date PostedDecember 11, 2013

Police to fight Alcohol-related violence in night hot-spots

Revellers who take to the streets in Sydney’s hotspots should be aware that police intend on taking a very firm approach to alcohol-related misconduct especially over the weekend.

According to the NSW opposition, police should begin their fight by introducing more officers onto the beat and increasing public transport throughout Sydney following the recent sentencing of Kieran Loveridge for the murder of Thomas Kelly recently.

Loveridge was sentenced to serve four years behind bars for Thomas Kelly’s manslaughter in July 2012, a ruling that has outraged many for its leniency.

Although Thomas Kelly’s family has expressed their disappointment with the sentence, let us do all we can to combat alcohol fuelled violence in Kings Cross and throughout the state.

The sentence has fuelled the debate over how the NSW state government should tackle the issue of alcohol-related violence on Sydney’s streets. Opposition leader John Robertson expressed his view on the sentence, calling “appalling”.

The following excerpt from News.NineMSN.com.au explains:

The sentence has reignited debate over how the NSW Government can deal with alcohol-related violence on Sydney’s streets.

Opposition leader John Robertson said everything should be on the table.

He said George St in the CBD and Kings Cross needed to be treated as “major events” on Friday and Saturday nights.

“The second thing you do is you put more police on the streets and the third thing you do is you increase public transport options to get young people out off those streets,” he told reporters on Saturday.

“Nothing should be ruled out and everything should be on the table because we just can’t allow these sorts of tragedies to continue.”

While sentencing of those behind alcohol-fuelled violence was important, the government needed to be proactive, Mr Robertson said.

Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/11/09/15/03/use-everything-against-violence-nsw-oppn

NSW Attorney General Greg Smith was looking into appealing the sentence which is significant especially in light of how serious the issue of alcohol-fuelled violence in the entertainment districts in Sydney has become. The article also went on to explain:

NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith said on Friday he had asked the DPP to consider appealing the manslaughter sentence.

Earlier this month a Brazilian man died in hospital after he was punched in the head outside a bar in Haymarket.

Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/11/09/15/03/use-everything-against-violence-nsw-oppn

As alcohol servers let us not forget what a crucial role we play in keeping down the numbers of alcohol fuelled violence in entertainment districts around our venues.

Anyone who works in a licenced venue needs to understand their duties and responsibilities when serving alcohol to patrons. In order to learn these duties we must complete the online Responsible Service of Alcohol training. The course can be done online and once completed we must keep our certificate or a copy at our work premises in case it is requested by authorities, it is our proof that we can serve alcohol responsibly without endangering patrons and other innocent visitors to the area.

But just completing the course is simply not enough we need to ensure that we enforce RSA rules when serving alcohol to customers, particularly avoiding serving alcohol unduly intoxicated patrons which is one of the biggest contributors to alcohol fuelled violence in entertainment districts.

 

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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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