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Police Activate Operation Tennyson For Footy Finals

With hundreds of thousands of Victorians set to attend an action-packed finals series in Melbourne this month, police are asking the community to enjoy the atmosphere safely and responsibly.

Police will have a highly visible presence around and inside the ground, at public transport hubs, and across the wider CBD and Richmond areas before, during and after all games.

Commander Tim Hansen said a public order and liquor licensing operation had launched to enhance public safety throughout the finals series.

“Uniform police will be out in force in licensed premises on Thursday and Friday nights as part of Operation Tennyson,” Cmdr Hansen said.

“Plain clothes operatives will also be covertly visiting bars and pubs to ensure alcohol is being served responsibly to patrons.”

“General duties police will be roaming the area in brawler vans, supported by Operations Response Unit patrols across the CBD and surrounds.”

Brunton Avenue will be closed to all traffic from 4.20pm on Thursday and 4.50pm on Friday to allow safe access to the ground and public transport.

For those attending the games, police will be present in public, membership and corporate areas and there will be a strong focus on responsible service of alcohol.

“While we know the vast majority of fans support their team and enjoy the atmosphere of the game, those who come to the games pre-loaded or drink in excess throughout the night can expect a firm and rapid response from police,” Cmdr Hansen said.

“This doesn’t end once the final siren blows, police will follow the same steps as fans heading home. Mobile Protective Services Officers (PSOs) will also be on trains patrolling the public transport network.

“Let us be clear – police will not tolerate any behaviour that compromises the safety of others.

“Come out on Thursday and Friday night and enjoy what we hope will be great games of football.

“Support hard, barrack hard and be respectful of those around you. Drink responsibly and don’t pre-load.”

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