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.