Tackling anti-social behaviour in the West End

Stronger police powers will remain in force in Adelaide’s West End, with the Government agreeing to extend the declared public precinct in the district for another 12 months.

Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman said that, as a result, the City West Precinct – which is bordered by North Terrace, West Terrace, Currie Street and King William Street – will remain a declared public precinct until November next year.

“Creating a declared public precinct is an essential tool in the fight against anti-social behaviour,” Ms Chapman said.

“It gives police expanded powers, including additional search and seizure powers, that help ensure people can enjoy a fun night out in the city.”

The declared public precinct provisions will be in place every Friday and Saturday night from 6pm until 6am, and will allow police to:

  • Conduct metal detector searches of individuals
  • Ban a person from the precinct during specified hours
  • Direct a person to leave the precinct
  • Remove minors from the area where an officer has formed the view that the child is in circumstances that place them at risk.

South Australia Police Metropolitan Operations Service Assistant Commissioner Paul Dickson welcomes the extension of the declared public precinct.

“The extension of the declared public precinct in the City-West area allows SAPOL to continue to ensure community safety and enjoyment in entertainment precincts while preventing street crime and antisocial behaviour,” Assistant Commissioner Paul Dickson said.

“The declared public precinct has proven to be a very successful tool in terms of ensuring the safety of the majority by removing a small number of people before matters escalate. 

“SAPOL will continue to use a wide and diverse range of policing resources to remove those identified disruptive people before matters escalate, however we also need the community to help us by not behaving in an inappropriate manner and be part of making the community safe.”

Over the past 12 months, under the declared public precinct provisions, SA Police have removed 45 minors from the area, barred another 51 and ordered nearly 2200 people to leave the area.

“Adelaide has a well-earned reputation as a vibrant city where people can enjoy a great night out,” Attorney-General Chapman said.

“Continuing these provisions will help SA Police ensure it will also be a safe night out.”