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Police are targeting Ice dealers with a new campaign. (file pic)
Police are targeting Ice dealers with a new campaign. (file pic)

A police campaign calling on residents in the Richmond Local Area Command to dob in an ice dealer begins today.

The campaign will run for two weeks during which police and Crime Stoppers personnel will conduct intensive community-engagement activities designed to educate the public on the dangers of illicit drugs and how they can show their support for the campaign.

NSW Police said the activities would also highlight the important role members of the public have in helping police to shut down drug-manufacturing syndicates and arrest drug suppliers.

During the campaign, Richmond LAC residents will be urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the online portal, where they can report drug-dealing activities anonymously.

While members of the public are encouraged to report any prohibited-drug activity via Crime Stoppers, the focus of the ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign is the production, distribution and use of ‘ice’ (crystal methylamphetamine).

Data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has consistently demonstrated the significant impact ‘ice’ is having on our communities.

In the 36 months to September 2015, arrests for amphetamine possession soared by 75.3 per cent across NSW (up from 5,063 in 2013 to 8,876 in 2015).

Over the same time period, arrests for dealing/trafficking amphetamines in NSW increased 34 per cent (from 1,567 in 2013 to 2,099 in 2015).

There has also been a steady increase in the number of clandestine drug laboratories detected by police in NSW. In 2008 there were 55; by last year this had almost doubled, with 106 laboratories dismantled.

The Dob in a Dealer campaign will kick off in the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command on 13 June.


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  1. I wonder if the police offer ongoing protection for the people who snitch? Because I’d be very worried about crime gangs taking retaliation. The triads and bikies do not mess around. Some of the mr bigs are making millions per week in the high end of the ice trade, all tax free.

    Shouldn’t the police be doing this job and not the public? They are being paid for the risk, unlike the average family person who if they snitch and the word gets out it was them will have a hard time protecting their family.

    How about dob in an alcohol or tobacco dealer as they obviously kill far more people in our communities than ice.

    It’s hard to take the police seriously these days in NSW, so many agro and abusive cops who dont seem to wont to protect the community they seem to wont to fine the community and assert dominance. It’s a real shame, most people I know do not respect the police and more, they fear them.

    If our government and police were serious about lowering ice use they would legalise cannabis. Cannabis is one of the safest drugs on earth and even though billions of people have used it no one has ever died from an OD death from it’s direct use. And never will, as it’s impossible to OD and die from cannabis use.

    So whilst the government and police are spending billions on the war on weed and other drugs, fining and swab testing people and taking away licenses and jobs and trying to detect and eradicate weed and ice places like Colorado have legalised weed to adults, cut the profits to crime gangs and are now even giving back millions from the tax made to the homeless, the schools, the hospitals and the roads. I know which idea sounds better to me.

    It’s a shame we have such an ultra conservative religious government at present. It seems as though NSW has continued to go backwards since the Sydney olympics in the year 2000. Time for some new leaders with new ideas, following these failed approaches will get us nowhere.

  2. There is scope for this to be abused, as has been shown by a recent distressing sequence of incidents in WA:

    – a father has a diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough vaccine and becomes paralysed, very slowly regaining some of his bodily functions.
    – his wife talks to the media, calling for the introduction of a compensation scheme for people who are vaccine-injured.
    – she is dragged out of her car and assaulted by another woman who has presumably been driven to the point of uncontrollable rage by hysterical pro-vaccine tabloid media coverage.
    – a couple of months later, at 6am the family has their front door broken down by police, who terrorise them with guns, and tell them to wait until the cameras arrive. The reason for the raid is that someone had tipped off the police – incorrectly – that the family were ice dealers, and the purpose of the commercial TV coverage was a biased exercise in public shaming that excluded the perspective of the family.
    – after the reputation of the family has been attacked on commercial TV, the police later return to apologise for what took place.

    Exactly what checks and balances are there in NSW to prevent something similar happening here?


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