Central West police operation makes arrests in Parkes over long weekend

ON THE CASE: Ita the Drug Detection Dog visited the Parkes Picnic Races on June 12 to ensure compliance amongst spectators. Photo: Jenny Kingham.

ON THE CASE: Ita the Drug Detection Dog visited the Parkes Picnic Races on June 12 to ensure compliance amongst spectators. Photo: Jenny Kingham.

More than 100 licensing breaches have been detected during inspections at more than 1000 licensed venues, including venues in Parkes, as part of a high-visibility operation targeting alcohol-related crime and COVID-safety compliance across regional NSW.

Police from the Northern, Southern and Western Regions conducted Operation Pariac on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12, with general duties officers assisted by specialist licencing police targeting alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour both inside and around licensed premises.

While NSW COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease, officers again worked along with venues and licensees to ensure all relevant restrictions were adhered to, and all patrons could celebrate in a safe environment.

Officers conducted inspections to ensure venues and patrons were aware of their responsibilities to maintain a COVID-safe environment as restrictions continue to ease.

During the operation:

  • 55 people were arrested, and 76 charges were laid for offences including assault, resist arrest, drive under the influence
  • 1011 business inspections were conducted with 102 gaming and liquor breaches detected and 89 infringements issued
  • 18 COVID-19 related breaches were identified
  • 579 RSA Competency Card and 158 security licence checks were undertaken
  • 1868 RBTs conducted and 15 RDTs

As part of Operation Pariac, at about 2.30pm on Saturday, June 12, officers attached to the Central West Police District - assisted by the Police Dog Unit - were undertaking taskings in the Parkes area and visiting several licensed venues.

During the overt operation, two people were charged with possess prohibited drug, two were issued cannabis cautions, and four licensees were issued infringements relating to breaches of the Liquor and Gaming Act.

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Operation Pariac Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Chad Gillies, said while patrons and licensees behaved sensibly over the long weekend, he is concerned about the complacency with COVID-compliance and required procedures which are still in place under the Public Health Orders.

"We in NSW need to be conscious that the pandemic is not yet over - as such, we must maintain all relevant safety precautions, including social distancing, good hygiene and checking into venues using the NSW Health QR codes via the Service NSW app," Acting Assistant Commissioner Gillies said.

"If you do not have a smartphone, it is a requirement of all venues to have a manual check-in option.

"These details are required in the event of contact tracers needing to identify any persons.

"Licensing police will be following up with those venues who are not abiding by the Liquor and Gaming Act to ensure travelling through Regional NSW is safe and enjoyable for all," Acting Assistant Commissioner Gillies said.

Operation Pariac in the Western region:

  • Arrests - 16
  • Charges - 21
  • Business inspections - 268
  • Liquor and Gaming infringements - 37
  • Move on directions - 2
  • Possess/supply drug - 5
  • RBT conducted - 878
  • PCA - 16

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