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Police are targeting Ice dealers with a new campaign. (file pic)
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Tweed/Byron police are urging members of the public to ‘dob in a dealer’ as part of a state-wide campaign targeting the drug ‘ice’.

The campaign that kicks off in the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command today has been funded by the Commonwealth Government.

In NSW, the campaign is being held in 21 LACs across the state over a six-month period between March and September 2016.

Tweed Byron Local Area Commander, Detective Superintendent Wayne Starling, said people across the state were doing their bit to help police rid communities of ‘ice’ and he encouraged more people to join the effort.

‘Prohibited drugs – including ‘ice’ – can be really insidious substances and the impact they have on individuals, their families and the wider community is exponential,’ Det Supt Starling said.

‘These drugs are highly addictive and not only are they illegal, but they can be incredibly harmful to your health – even fatal.

‘There is no quality control in the production of ‘ice’. The manufacturers and suppliers have no concern for those who consume these substances, it’s all about the bottom line,’ Det Supt Starling said.

‘In recent months we’ve seen multiple cases of aggressive and violent criminal behaviour committed by people under the influence of prohibited drugs. Some of these individuals have even gone so far as to assault police officers.

‘There is simply no place for these drugs in our community, so I urge you to show your support for ‘Dob in a Dealer’ and help make our neighbourhoods a safer place,’ Det Supt Starling said.

Crime Stoppers NSW CEO, Peter Price, said halting the spread of ‘ice’ requires a whole-of-community response.

‘Crime Stoppers is committed to working with NSW Police, community leaders, local residents, and the media to gather anonymous information that can help to reduce drug supply and drug-related crimes,” Mr Price said.

‘We’re taking this campaign across NSW, and asking everyone to join us in the fight against ice – do not underestimate the immensely positive contribution you can make through a single phone call.

‘We want members of the public to play an active role and tell us about criminals who are bringing harmful drugs into their region,’ Mr Price said.

‘Making a report to Crime Stoppers is completely confidential. You will never be identified or be compelled to participate for a court case, but every piece of information you provide can help solve crimes and reduce drug supply.’

If you think you have information about someone in your community who is manufacturing or supplying drugs, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 for a confidential conversation or report securely online at www.crimestoppers.com.au.

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  1. 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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