– The signs that Christmas is upon us include the Myer window display, bad carol music in every department store and the news police are set to blitz Victoria’s holiday hot-spots.

But this year will be different: members of the 230-strong Operations Response Unit will be instructed to hit the sand looking for the type that turns a day on the beach into a nightmare.

While stopping short of arresting middle-aged men in inappropriately small swimming trunks, police say they are determined to enforce family-friendly standards and will crack down on anti-social behaviour including public drinking, loud music and offensive language.

The ORU head, Inspector Nigel Howard, said police would patrol beaches on quad bikes, all-terrain vehicles and on foot, during the six-week blitz.

Police would issue infringement notices for public nuisance offences, including enforcing the new ban on smoking at surf-patrolled beaches.

Under the ban, which came into force on December 1st, anyone who lights up between or near the beach flags is liable for a fine of $141.

From next weekend members of the ORU will head to popular holiday destinations such as Cowes, Torquay, Ocean Grove and Lakes Entrance to help local police deal with the surge in holiday makers.

Inspector Howard said the ORU would work with the Water Police Unit to target rogue jet-skiers. “They have been speeding back to the beach and mixing in with the crowds to avoid detection. Now we will be there when they hit dry land.”

During the blitz until the end of January, police will target public drunkenness, licensing breaches and traffic offences.

The ORU will also be deployed on fire watch during code red areas during days of extreme heat.

Inspector Howard said his group would continue to support Melbourne police covering busy CBD night-spots swollen with pre-Christmas revellers.

He said that at the weekend police were called to an office party hosted by one of Australia’s biggest companies.

“Four people were taken to hospital due to the effects of alcohol and we had to deal with an assault after an altercation between fellow staff members,” he said.

Police throughout Australia and New Zealand joined forces at the weekend in Operation Unite – the fourth annual trans-Tasman blitz on public misbehaviour in and around popular entertainment precincts.

In Victoria, 29 assaults were detected, 1000 preliminary breath tests conducted (13 positive), 166 people arrested, 105 people processed as drunks, and 20 banning and 659 penalty notices issued – John Silvester

About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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