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Police declaring ‘zero tolerance’ to assaults

MAKING A STAND: Horsham police officers Constable Anthony Zivkovic, Acting Inspector Brendan Broadbent and Sergeant Jason Bergen warn of a ‘no tolerance’ approach to assault-related incidents. Picture: MICK SHANNON

By DEAN LAWSON
Police have declared war on criminal assault across the Wimmera and taken a no-tolerance stance against people responsible for assault-related incidents.
Horsham Acting Inspector Brendan Broadbent said police were ‘fed up’ with attending both family and non-family violence assaults in the region and would take firm action to stamp it out.
He said Horsham police, in response to the criminal activity, had established a Family Violence and Crime Reduction team to specifically deal with the issue and provide follow-up support for frontline police officers.
“We are adopting a no-tolerance approach toward people who are intent on ignoring the laws to commit violence against other people,” Acting Inspector Broadbent said.
“Police intend to make a stand to confront this issue head on.”
Acting Inspector Broadbent said a series of incidents had highlighted a need for police to take a stand.
“We’ve had an elderly man assaulted in the streets of Horsham, an incident that escalated out of hand during a local sporting event and each weekend police are called to disputes between people in and around licensed premises and in many residential locations,” he said.
“The new crime team will be looking at all options available to deal with people who assault or threaten to assault another person.
“We are determined to ensure the real offenders committing these crimes are dealt with according to the full letter of the law.”
Licensees
Acting Inspector Broadbent said Horsham district police would work closely with licensees through a licensing accord to deal with assaults in and around licensed premises.

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Posted on May 30 2013

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