Police get serious in fight against ice
POLICE and Crime Stoppers have launched a statewide campaign aimed at mobilising members of the public in the fight against the drug 'ice' (crystal methylamphetamine).
The "Dob in a Dealer" campaign will be rolled out to 21 locations across NSW over the next six months.
The Coffs Clarence Local Area Command campaign is scheduled to start on July 4. Redfern was the first location to roll out the campaign this week.
The campaign will run in each location for two weeks, during which police and Crime Stoppers will conduct intensive community-engagement activities.
These will highlight the important role members of the public have to play in helping police to shut down drug-manufacturing syndicates and arrest drug suppliers.
Local residents will be urged to contact Crime Stoppers, where they can anonymously report drug-dealing activities.
Data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research illustrate the burgeoning "ice" problem.
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 time period, arrests for dealing/trafficking amphetamines in NSW increased 34 per cent (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 jumped to 106.
The "Dob in a Dealer" campaign will target criminals who are manufacturing and supplying 'ice', and even one phone call to Crime Stoppers can have an enormous impact.
In September 2012, a single, anonymous call to Crime Stoppers led to State Crime Command's Asian Crime Squad - now known as the Organised Crime Squad - seizing 585kg of 'ice' a few months later in February 2013.
"The message we want to share today is the community can help us stem the flow of drugs by providing anonymous information about manufacturers and suppliers," Redfern Local Area Commander, Superintendent Luke Freudenstein, said.
"If you feel bad about dobbing in drug dealers, let me remind you: they don't care about you or your family; they don't care if people become addicted, commit crimes to feed their habit, or overdose and die; they only care about the money they can make."
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.
"After what we hope will be a fruitful start in Redfern, we'll be taking this campaign to another 20 communities across NSW over the next six months, and asking everyone to join us in the fight against 'ice'.
"Making a report to Crime Stoppers is completely confidential. You will never be identified or called up for a court case, but every piece of information you provide can help solve crimes and reduce 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.
The "Dob in a Dealer" campaign is funded by the Commonwealth Government.
"Dob in a Dealer" Community Engagement Calendar
14 March 2016: Redfern
21 March 2016: Orana (Dubbo)
28 March 2016: Sydney City
11 April 2016: Castlereagh (Walgett)
11 April 2016: Liverpool
26 April 2016: Campbelltown
2 May 2016: Barwon (Moree)
9 May 2016: Wollongong
23 May 2016: Richmond (Lismore)
30 May 2016: Shoalhaven (Nowra)
13 June2016: Tweed/Byron
20 June 2016: The Hume (Goulburn)
4 July 2016: Coffs/Clarence
11 July 2016: Albury
18 July 2016: Mid North Coast (Kempsey)
1 August2016: Wagga Wagga
8 August 2016: Oxley (Tamworth)
22 August 2016: Griffith (Narrandera focus)
29 August 2016: Newcastle City
12 September 2016: Canobolas (Cowra/Orange)
19 September 2016: Blacktown