Cops to keep an eye on Surf Coast schoolies
SCHOOLIES have begun arriving on the Surf Coast to celebrate after the stress and interruptions of a year affected by COVID-19, and police will be keeping a watchful eye on them.
Towns such as Torquay and Lorne are traditional destinations for an influx of schoolies after the final VCE exams, and Acting Senior Sergeant Steve Bull from the Torquay Police Station said there would also be an increased police presence over the schoolies period.
“We will have additional members from the Geelong area, supporting local units, along with support from the Public Order Response Team and Mounted Branch from Melbourne,” he said.
“We welcome visitors to the region and hope they enjoy their time here, however we expect that they will respect the local community and townships.
“We understand that young people will want to come down to relax after completing their schooling and we want them to have a great time, however they need to do so responsibly and make sure that they look out for their friends.
“Be mindful of alcohol consumption and that anti-social behaviour can have a significant impact on what are generally family-friendly towns.
“We will be working closely with Red Frogs, who are a volunteer group, who give their of their own time to make sure that schoolies have a fun, but importantly safe time.
“Those visiting the area also need to make sure that when travelling from across the state, they drive in a safe manner. Take your time, and enjoy the great scenery that the Surf Coast has.”
Police have asked residents in Surf Coast towns for their patience with the influx of visitors, and to phone the Police Assistance Line on 13 14 44 if they had any concerns or 000 if they needed police attendance.