A POLICING strategy dubbed "The Hour of Power" has had Coffs Clarence officers step up their beat patrols of major shopping areas and crime hot spots gathered criminal intelligence.
Targeting shoplifters, public loiterers, drug dealers and trouble makers, the high visibility police strategy allows officers "to identify crooks who are up to no good".
Crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said the patrols on foot and in vehicles are proving successful in stopping petty crime in Coffs Harbour and Grafton.
"If we see people who are known to us, we conduct what we call interactions where we find out who they are, what they are doing or why they are here and if they are loitering we move them on with directions that sees them excluded from the area," Insp Jameson said.
"It targets petty theft, shoplifting, stealing of handbags or wallets and property that is left behind on seats or tables and then we start looking at doing searches, finding out what drugs they have on them and by doing this we are getting good results."
The Hour of Power patrols also incorporate vehicle stops, monitoring of residential neighbourhoods and foot patrols of licensed premises
"This is about police using an hour of their day to get out of the cars engage with the community, but more importantly interact with known persons who we believe may be involved in crime."
To combat shoplifting Coffs Clarence police regularly post security vision of offenders supplied by local businesses on Facebook to identify and charge the culprits.
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