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Its been an eye-opening five weeks for some of our Penrith Panthers, who have been going out on patrol with St Marys police as part of Operation Enough which targets underage drinking, parties and anti-social behaviour.

They joined the night shift crews on patrol on Friday and Saturday nights, sitting in the back of patrol cars as they went out to jobs in the local area.

The players who took part were Tim Grant, Nathan Smith, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Jamie Soward, Matt Moylan, Anthony Cherrington, Vaipuna Tiakilifi, Tom Humble and Matt Robinson.

Reagan loved the whole experience so much, he's now thinking about joining the cops.

The whole idea of Operation Enough was to go out and target teenagers who were underage drinking and explain the dangers of alcohol. In one situation we found two young kids whod been drinking. They were apparently known to police and got off with a warning. We then got a call out to a house in Claremont Meadows where there was a brawl. We also responded to a robbery at a servo and got to see how police deal with a crime scene which was really good!

It was such a good experience Im actually looking into the uni course to become a police officer. If I wasnt playing footy, Id definitely be a cop.

Cherro went out on another eventful night.

We went out to heaps of different stuff. Early on in the shift we did a lot of traffic stops, like people not wearing seatbelts. And then we dealt with a lot of young kids who were out late at night. The last pick up we did was a 15 year old guy carrying a knife, so that was pretty intense.

It was a really eye-opening experience. It was interesting to see the police side of things, and to actually watch and listen to how they approach different situations. Ive got a whole lot more respect for what the cops do now.

This is the second year Panthers has linked up with St Marys police for this initiative, and we look forward to joining forces again next year.
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Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.