Police scale up for schoolies

Police check vehicles heading to Noosa north shore.

Sunshine Coast police have “scaled up” resources with mounted police, all terrain vehicles, water police vehicles and extra personnel to ensure school leavers holidaying in the region can enjoy their visit and celebrate safely.

Acting District Superintendent Jason Overland said their Intel suggested about 5000 school leavers would be staying in the Noosa region and Noosa North Shore was booked out.

“Police will be conducting regular beach patrols with extra resources available to target anti-social activity and offences such as drink driving and drug possession,” he said.

“We encourage school leavers to look out for one another and not let their mates engage in risk-taking behaviour.”

“We understand Noosa North Shore will be a popular destination so officers will be stationed at the barge conducting compliance checks and making sure permits are in order.”

Police will also be monitoring any large gatherings in town or on beaches which may not be compliant with the Chief Health Officer’s COVID-19 directions.

“Ultimately, we want everyone to have an enjoyable but safe time while celebrating on the Sunshine Coast,” Superintendent Overland said.

“We’re happy to have young people here. It’s been a rough year for school leavers. The Sunshine Coast is a wonderful place to come and visit. We ask them to be respectful and make good decisions.”