Wellington Police happy with New Year's Eve behaviour
Police happy with New Year's Eve behaviour
throughout the year helped Kiwis revellers enjoy a safe New
Year's Eve, says a top Police boss.
Mike Bush was on the beat with staff in Wellington last
"By and large, people enjoyed themselves in
Wellington and around the country. It was business as usual
at our traditional party hot-spots, with no major incidents
related to the festivities," he says.
As usual, alcohol
was at the root of most disorder but changes in the Police
approach seem to be having a positive effect, he
Police officers are now working with licensees
throughout the year to agree how bars should be run and how
to keep people safe. "It's a joint approach that's been very
successful. We hardly need to go into pubs now - the bar
staff should take care of that while we take care of what
happens on the streets."
On New Year's Eve itself, police
officers were highly visible in party hotspots from early in
the evening. "We don't over-police people and we're
non-aggressive but we respond with urgency when needed. We
find it's an approach that really helps to diffuse
situations," he says.
Deputy Commissioner Bush is pleased
messages about safe driving seem to be affecting drivers'
"Most people are being responsible. The second
lowest road toll since 1952 is great news - there's just
that 1-2 percent that still need to get the message."
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