Sport Cricket Undercover ‘drunk squad’ will join Boxing Day blitz to keep Test crowd sober and safe

Undercover ‘drunk squad’ will join Boxing Day blitz to keep Test crowd sober and safe

The MCG's Boxing Day crowd has been warned to drink sensibly and behave themselves - or else. Photo: AAP
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Undercover police will patrol Melbourne bars as part of a crackdown on drunken behaviour during the Boxing Day Test.

Police say they will be highly visible in coming days across the CBD, Yarra and surrounding areas for events such as Carols by Candlelight.

“Expect to see a lot of general duties and specialist police out patrolling our streets and roads, joined by Protective Services Officers (PSOs) on trains and at public transport hubs,” Assistant Commissioner Deb Abbott said on Sunday.

“This isn’t something to worry about; we’re there to keep you safe and hope our presence makes you feel safer.”

Public order and liquor licensing operations will also be underway during the Australia versus India Boxing Day Test.

“Uniform police out in force in licensed premises in corporate and public areas inside the ground, as well as bars and pubs in the Yarra area,” Ms Abbott said.

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

Victoria Police are telling people who are out in the city enjoying the festivities to stay safe and responsible.

“Police know the overwhelming majority of people do just that,” Ms Abbott said.

“But, if you come into the city or to one of our major events looking to cause trouble, you will be caught out by a swift and firm response from Victoria Police.”

Revellers are encouraged to use public transport to get in and out of the city as road closures will be in place.