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.