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Police are promising a high profile operation to keep Byron Bay safe during Schoolies 2014. (file pic)
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A major police presence and thousands of school leavers are expected in Byron Bay for the next three weeks.

Schoolies 2014 kicks of tomorrow and runs until 13 December.

Tweed/Byron police have promised a highly-visible operation involving police horses, drug detection dogs and the riot squad.

Detective superintendent Stuart Wilkins urged school leavers to act responsibly and look out for each other.

‘Schoolies is a great way to celebrate completing the HSC but the occasion should be marked sensibly, responsibly and safely,’ Det Supt Wilkins said.

‘More than 10,000 school leavers visited the area during Schoolies 2013, which doesn’t include the hundreds of day trippers and other tourists in the Byron Bay area, so our operation will also focus on minimising the impact of events on the local community.

‘The community of Byron Bay has a reputation of being relaxed and friendly, and we hope schoolies chose to come here to embrace that atmosphere and enjoy the activities on offer.

‘If you are over 18, think before you drink, and know your limits, take responsibility for yourself and look after your friends.

‘Alcohol impairs your judgement and leads to poor decision-making; don’t take risks that could lead to you becoming a victim of crime or an offender.’

Acting Deputy Commissioner Loy also highlighted the risks associated with social networking and photo or video sharing sites.

‘Smart phones with access to email and social networking sites are a great way to stay in touch with your friends, but there is the potential for instantly shared information to affect your safety or future job prospects,’ he said.

‘When you post something online, it’s there for everyone to see, including your family or even a future employer. So think about what pictures and comments you are putting on the web.


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