Police escalate Cairns crime crackdown
AN incredible 1500 litres of grog were tipped out during the first phase of Operation Escalate, with police warning they will continue to crack down on anti-social behaviour in the CBD.
Police yesterday launched the second phase of the operation by stacking up 164 cartons of beer to show how much alcohol was taken off the streets by the 1971 tip-outs performed during the six-month blitz.
Escalate 2, which began on January 21, will run for three months and will be made up of officers from Cairns police, the tactical crime squad and city beat.
Acting Far Northern Assistant Commissioner Paul Taylor said the operation would target crime in the main retail and tourist areas.
He said the amount of alcohol poured out showed how effective the increased police presence had been.
"It shows how effective they were with people consuming alcohol in public," he said.
"There are certain (people) that have no respect for other members of the community."
Police are also currently collecting feedback from more than 100 CBD retailers who were quizzed on the effectiveness of the blitz and other safety concerns.
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Blitz: Constables John Power and Kim Close with the beer display. Picture: ANNA ROGERS