Police are certainly doing their best to make their presence felt on the far north coast. A series of operations where staff are literally trying to be seen by wearing high-visibility vests, have been in place in the last couple of months.
Over the weekend police implemented Operation Titan, the latest in a series of events that have been held once a month since June. Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District arrested 21 people and laid 38 charges for a variety of offences during a high-vis operation.
Tweed/Byron Police District Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Brendon Cullen said operations like Titan allow police to deploy resources to specific areas and consistently see results.
‘Operation Titan has been extremely successful for the Tweed/Byron District, as we can continue to change our main focus each deployment and keep the community safe,’ he said. ‘We are disrupting the flow of drug supply, we are making our roads a safer place, and we are engaging with our wider community on a face-to-face level, trying to break the cycle of crime from the grassroots.’
Operation Titan was conducted over a two-day period with the aim of engaging with the community through face-to-face interactions and high-saturation policing.
During last weekend’s Operation Titan, 21 people were arrested for a range of offences, including speeding and drug supply; 38 charges were issued; 20 bail checks were conducted, with one breach identified; 27 business inspections were conducted;149 random breath tests were conducted, 91 mobile RBTs conducted; eight traffic infringements were issued; there were four juvenile cautions; and three community engagement events were held.
Operation Titan will continue as a monthly deployment throughout the Tweed/Byron Police District.