A ‘dob in a dealer’ campaign targeting the manufacture, supply and use of ‘ice’ (crystal methylamphetamine) in the Richmond Local Area Command recently gave police more than 40 leads in their bid to crack down on the increasing scourge of the drug in the community.
The two-week campaign was part of a statewide operation, funded by the federal government and a similar one was also held in the Tweed-Byron police command this month.
Members of the public are urged to report any prohibited-drug activity via Crime Stoppers, which with police conducted intensive community-engagement activities at locations across the command, encouraging members of the public to report information about such activity.
During the Richmond campaign, Crime Stoppers received more than 40 Information Reports from the community relating to possible drug activity within the Richmond area.
Richmond Local Area Commander, Superintendent Greg Martin, thanked the community for getting behind the campaign.
‘During the two-week campaign we received 41 Information Reports via Crime Stoppers about suspected drug activity in our command, all of which will now be thoroughly investigated,’ Supt Martin said.
‘It was very encouraging to see such a positive response from the community and I thank each and every one of you for coming forward to help stop the scourge of these dangerous drugs.
‘Over the course of the campaign our officers attended local schools to address students, held discussions at community events and made a presentation to the Community Safety Precinct Committee in Lismore,’ Supt Martin said.
‘And now to see the results of that effort and to know people heard our message and came forward with information, that’s a tremendous step in the right direction.
‘I urge members of the public to keep the calls coming in and we will continue to seek out those manufacturing and distributing ‘ice’ in our community,’ Supt Martin said.
‘The plain facts are that drug manufacturers and suppliers are a risk to us all and the role the community can play in helping us shut down drug labs cannot be overstated.’
Crime Stoppers NSW CEO, Peter Price, said people who live and work within Richmond Local Area Command can still report information confidentially and anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppers.com.au.
‘While the campaign has come to a close in Richmond LAC, the issue of illegal drugs has not – and we urge the community to continue reporting drug-dealing or drug-manufacturing activity to Crime Stoppers,’ Mr Price said.
‘We’re calling on members of the public to step up and stamp out ‘ice’ in their community – together we can affect real change.
‘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,’ Mr Price said.
In NSW, the ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign is being held in 21 metropolitan and regional local area commands over a six-month period between March and September 2016.
The campaign runs in each command for two weeks, during which local officers and Crime Stoppers representatives host a number of activities to inform local residents of how they can take part and show their support.