The 'Silly Season' arrives
Well, the ‘Silly Season’ has arrived. “What’s that,” I hear you say? “Christmas is still four months away!"
Yes, that’s true. But, in policing terms, our operational planning and police response for the festive season is already well in place.
Victoria goes into party mode with the start of the AFL Final Series, and this typically runs until New Years Eve. People start going out more, the weather picks up and big events are held, attracting thousands of people, with many more hosting functions at home.
For police on the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston, when the AFL finishes we roll into the Spring Racing Carnival, which then leads us into Schoolies Week, in the run-up to Christmas. That means Christmas parties and end-of-year work functions. Then, Christmas Day arrives, which is always a busy day for frontline police. After that, the community takes a bit of a breather for a week - with the Boxing Day Test thrown in the mix - and then, before you know it, it’s New Years Eve!
All great stuff.
Unfortunately, there is one common denominator which can cause trouble, grief and tragedy over this time: excessive alcohol consumption.
We know that it’s during these times that people are more likely to be seriously injured or worse. We know the rates of violence and sexual assault can increase. Most of all, we know that people generally do things they would not normally do - all because of excessive alcohol consumption.
I think it’s timely to reflect on our own alcohol consumption and drinking habits and, as parents, have a conversation with our young ones about managing the risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption.
What do you think? Are you going to a function or sporting event? How are you getting there and more importantly how are you getting home?
I hope you all enjoy the upcoming festivities. Please take care, drink responsibly and stay safe!