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Awaken Your Spirit Is The Theme Of The NSW Police

New South Wales Police Force

New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione


Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli

NSW Police Urge People To Behave In The Spirit Of New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Millions of people across NSW will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with friends and families at house parties, restaurants or public venues, with over 1 million people expected on Sydney’s Harbour foreshores for the 9pm and midnight fireworks displays.

NSW Police wish everyone a safe and happy 2010 and ask that people embrace the spirit this year and ‘Awaken your Spirit’, in the theme of this year’s New Year’s Eve with fond memories.

OPERATION REALM led by Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli will result in large numbers of Police deployed across NSW, with emphasis on the metropolitan area, for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration.

Assistant Commissioner Mennilli, Commander of the New Year’s Eve operation, said Police will be out in force to ensure everyone can enjoy the evening.

“There are 23 identified celebration venues across the metropolitan area with substantial numbers of officers patrolling each venue with the main emphasis in the city CBD.”

“The Police operation is not to stop people celebrating the night. Alcohol restrictions are not there to spoil people’s fun. The restrictions and the security operation are in place to ensure that everyone can enjoy themselves but not at the expense of individuals and other people’s safety.” Assistant Commissioner Mennilli said.

Alcohol Free Zones (AFZ) are in place across the city CBD with Police heavily enforcing the alcohol restrictions. Alcohol Free Zones provide NSW Police with the power to confiscate or tip out alcohol.

The main Alcohol Free Zones in the city are:

  • George Street is an AFZ from Campbell Street in the City Central LAC to Alfred Street in the Rocks LAC
  • Oxford Street from Whitlam Square to Greens Road

The streets surrounding Hyde Park North and South from Whitlam Square to Greens Road;

  • College Street from Liverpool Street to St James Road
  • Liverpool Street from Wentworth Avenue to Douglass Street
  • Elizabeth Street from Liverpool Street to St James Road
  • Park Street from William Street to George Street
  • St James Road from St Mary’s Road to Elizabeth Street
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione








“Police work with councils, licensees and other stakeholders to ensure people can come out and enjoy the party atmosphere in a safe and secure environment. Police are not on patrol to ruin people’s night out. People do it themselves by drinking too much and acting irresponsibly.” Assistant Commissioner Mennilli said.

In excess of 2,500 officers will be on patrol across the metropolitan area, with the vast majority of officers in the city CBD patrolling the harbour and beachside locations, as well as all public transport hubs, throughout the night.

Last year, more than 70 people were charged with in excess of 100 offences by Police conducting operations in Sydney’s Metropolitan area overnight.

Offences include:

  • Possess prohibited drug,
  • Offensive conduct,
  • Offensive language,
  • Assault Police,
  • Resist arrest,
  • Possess illegal fireworks,
  • Stealing,
  • Assault,
  • Robbery
  • Drink driving

“Given the large numbers of people expected in the city for this year’s New Year’s Eve, I hope at the end of OPERATION REALM that I can report the vast majority of revellers enjoyed their night without coming under the notice of Police.” Assistant Commissioner Mennilli said.

There will be road closures in place within the city CBD and for special event traffic information and live traffic reports please visit the RTA website at

People are encouraged to travel by public transport, leave unnecessary valuables at home and keep personal belongings close by. Also, be aware there will be large volumes of pedestrians on and near roads some of whom may be affected by alcohol.

Visit or call 131500 for all the latest timetable and ticketing information for trains, buses ferries and taxi ranks on New Year’s Eve.

Consuming alcohol on public transport is not permitted, with Police and Rail Corp Transit Officers targeting anyone drinking alcohol on trains, buses and ferries.

Those planning festivities afloat, extra caution needs to be taken with the large number of vessels that will be on the waterways. Appropriate safety equipment needs to be readily available.

OPERATION REALM comprises of:

  • General Duties Officers,
  • Plain Clothes Police,
  • Water Police Vessels on the harbour,
  • Highway Patrol,
  • Public Order and Riot Squad,
  • Mounted Police,
  • Dog Squad
  • Commuter Crime officers.


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