Adelaide’s west end has today been named as the state’s first declared public precinct – giving police extra powers to manage anti-social and disorderly behaviour in the city.
The City West precinct – the area bordered by North Terrace, West Terrace, Currie Street and King William St, and including Hindley St – will come into effect from Friday night, giving police additional powers to deal with drunken, criminal or unsocial behaviour.
The declaration will apply from 6pm to 6am Friday and Saturday nights, with SA Police identifying a heightened risk to public safety and order during those times.
Latest crime statistics have shown more offences recorded on a Friday and Saturday night than the rest of the week combined.
The City West Declared Public Precinct will be operational from 6pm on Friday, 10 November 2017 until declared otherwise or until 6am on Sunday, 11 November 2018, whichever occurs sooner.
Changes last year to the Summary Offences (Declared Public Precincts) Amendment Bill 2016 allowed for the declaration of public precincts, giving police similar powers to those they already possess in a licensed venue.
A public area can be declared for a specified time, where there is a reasonable likelihood of conduct occurring that would pose a risk to public order and safety.