New Year’s Eve celebrations ran smoothly on the Rockingham foreshore, despite the efforts of up to 40 youths.
Sen. Sgt Glen Willers, who headed the operation as forward commander, said police arrested six people, laid 20 charges, issued 22 move-on notices and 14 people would be summonsed to court.
Sen. Sgt Willers said 50 officers patrolled the length of the Rockingham foreshore and the outlining area.
“There was a crowd between 15 and 20,000 but really out of all those people it was only about 40 people, mainly young people, causing trouble,” he said.
“It was a shame because most people were behaving themselves - the no alcohol policy (at Rockingham foreshore) is really starting to work.”
Sen. Sgt Willers said the City of Rockingham should be commended for its efforts.
“The City put on a really good show with ample security and we shouldn’t let those 40 people ruin it,” he said.
“Everyone was enjoying themselves, we can see families are starting to come back to these events so it is good.”