POLICE oppose the exemption for late night trader Juddy Dogs on the grounds security guards introduced across the city have resulted in a sharp decrease in alcohol-related crime in the past eight years.
Dean Street patrols and static guards at the former trouble hot spot, the Olive Street taxi rank, were introduced several years ago when alcohol-fuelled violence spiked.
The Albury Liquor Accord called on late night licensed venues to employ security guards during peak times.
Superintendent Beth Stirton is convinced they are working and that no late night trader should be exempt.
She said incidents dropping by 66 per cent was evidence of the system’s success and backed the “one in, all in” approach.
Her comments were contained in a police submission to a city committee this week.
The submission said Juddy Dogs should comply with a street activities policy and also employ a security guard.
But the committee disagreed and council is expected to ignore her advice and exempt Juddy Dogs.
Supt Stirton’s comments were emphatic.
“Police believe the introduction of these security street patrols and static guards along Dean Street and Olive Street have significantly decreased the volume of assaults and other alcohol-related crime in the immediate vicinity of these patrolled areas,” she said.
“Police consider all late night trading venues applicable to this street dining policy should contribute to the safety of the area through similar employment of licensed uniform security guards.”
Security people are stationed in QEII Square, the Dean Street taxi rank outside the Zed Bar and Sweethearts Pizza, with the latter having a guard until one hour after the last patron has left the Bended Elbow.
“A number of licensed venues have indicated their concerns with having to supply security to other late trading businesses,” Supt Stirton said.
“Police believe each late trading business should take some security responsibility for their patrons and that a combined approach by all businesses profiting from the late night trade should contribute to the safety and security of their business and surrounds.
“This policy will further enhance safety and security in the CBD and further assist police in reducing alcohol-related crime and violence in this precinct.”
Owner Brian Judd didn’t want to comment on the police view yesterday.