A state-wide campaign aimed at mobilizing members of the public in the fight against ‘ice’ has arrived in Canobolas Local Area Command (LAC) today. The ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign has been funded by the Commonwealth Government and is currently taking place in States and Territories across Australia. In NSW, the campaign is being held in 21 LACs across the state over a six-month period between March and September 2016.
It will run in each LAC for two weeks, during which police and Crime Stoppers will conduct community-engagement activities designed to educate the public on the dangers of illicit drugs and how they can show their support for the campaign. These will also highlight the important role members of the public have in helping police shut down drug-manufacturing syndicates and arrest drug suppliers. During the campaign, residents across Canobolas LAC will be urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the online portal, where they can report drug-dealing activities anonymously.
Data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has consistently demonstrated the significant impact ‘ice’ is having on the 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 period, arrests for dealing/trafficking amphetamines in NSW increased 34 percent (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.
Canobolas Local Area Commander, Detective Acting Superintendent Bruce Grassick, said ‘Dob in a Dealer’ is about mobilizing the community to help police in addressing the scourge of illicit drugs like ‘ice.’ “We cannot be on every street corner, and that is why we need the community to come together to be our eyes and ears. If you see something suspicious in your neighborhood, please come forward,” Det A/Supt Grassick said. “Prohibited drugs, including ‘ice,’ do not discriminate. They can affect people from both disadvantaged and affluent socio-economic backgrounds, and its impact extends the entire geography of this state. The welfare of the community is of no concern to those who manufacture and distribute these substances; they only care about the potential profit, which motivates them to utilize any number of toxic cutting agents. You simply cannot know what you are putting inside your body.”
“Making a report to Crime Stoppers is completely confidential. You will never be identified or be compelled to participate in 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
Police driving down crime: latest crime statistics
The NSW Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione, said the latest crime data released by the Bureau of Crime and Statistics Research (BOCSAR) is reflective of the hard work officers put in every day to ensure public safety and prevent crime.
Commissioner Scipione said the crime figures continued to mirror the hard work of the NSW Police Force with 15 of the major crime categories either stable or falling.
Of the 17 major offences monitored by BOCSAR, covering the 24 months to June 2016, nine recorded a downward trend over the period, six remained stable, and two offences recorded an upward trend:
– Steal from retail store up 6.3 percent
– Fraud up 1.7 per cent.
BOCSAR reports the offence `steal from retail store’ has now been trending upwards for four successive quarters. The most frequently victimized premises were: supermarkets 22 percent, department stores 13 percent, liquor shops 9 per cent and clothing shops 8 per cent.
Increased pro-active work by local police, such as working with loss prevention officers to identify theft as it occurs, has led to an increase in incidents being reported.
The significant drop in nine of the major categories include:
– Murder down 32.1 percent
– Robbery with a firearm down 41.7 percent
– Robbery without a weapon down 25.9 percent
– Robbery with a weapon not a firearm down 22.2 percent
– Motor vehicle theft down 12.6 percent
– Steal from person down 9.9 per cent.
A large number of secondary crime categories have increased significantly this quarter due to improvements in pro-active policing or detection of crime by police.
– Possession and or use of amphetamines up 18 percent (amphetamine detections have plateaued over the past 12 months)
– Possession and/or use of other drugs up 12.7 per cent
– Pornography offences up 20. 6 percent
– Breach Apprehended Violence order up 8.7 percent
– Breach bail conditions 12.1 per cent.
BOCSAR director, Dr. Don Weatherburn said the number of court proceedings increased 5.7 percent in the past two years, which was a faster rise than the number of recorded criminal incidents, which rose only 2.9 percent over the same period.