Op­er­a­tion Fire­ball

Dubbo Photo News - - Emer­gency is­sues -

SE­NIOR po­lice are claim­ing a host of ar­rests amid a gi­ant search war­rant op­er­a­tion in the new Orana Mid-western Po­lice Dis­trict. It was made pos­si­ble only be­cause the new ju­ris­dic­tion has the crit­i­cal mass to direct sig­nif­i­cant re­sources to these spe­cial­ist proac­tive op­er­a­tions.

Many peo­ple were ar­rested for nu­mer­ous mat­ters in­clud­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion of pro­hib­ited drugs, firearm of­fences, and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence-re­lated of­fences.

Orana Mid-western Com­man­der Peter Mckenna said the proac­tive work was the re­sult of be­ing able to jointly task his own of­fi­cers with those of the spe­cial­ist Western Region teams such as the re­cently formed Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Unit.

“We have now con­ducted 35 search war­rants across the dis­trict in the last three months,” Supt Mckenna said.

“We will con­tinue to work closely with spe­cial­ist teams and re­gional en­force­ment squads as we con­tinue to fo­cus our ef­forts in the dis­trict – these ar­rests will not be the last.”

It’s a mas­sive job to re-engineer nu­mer­ous parts of dif­fer­ent com­mands into a sin­gle po­lice dis­trict and there are bound to be plenty of teething prob­lems, but these op­er­a­tions are hav­ing a ma­jor im­pact when it comes to bring­ing peo­ple who have been evad­ing the law up be­fore the courts.

It’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see the fu­ture im­pact when all the ad­ver­tised po­lice po­si­tions in this broader area can be filled.

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