Four ar­rests in po­lice blitz

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

IN AN ef­fort to crack down on crime, po­lice in the area launched Op­er­a­tion Hall­mark, which ran for two days.

Op­er­a­tion Hall­mark had a fo­cus on high­vol­ume crime and was aimed at re­duc­ing ar­rest war­rants across not only the Mitchell area, but also in Shep­par­ton and Be­nalla.

Po­lice had a highly vis­i­ble pres­ence in the com­mu­nity and tar­geted hot spots for bur­glar­ies and ve­hi­cle crime in or­der to ar­rest re­cidi­vist of­fend­ers and de­ter fur­ther of­fend­ing.

Dur­ing the op­er­a­tion, Sey­mour po­lice worked closely with detectives, crime scene of­fi­cers, in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers and High­way Pa­trol mem­bers to af­fect four ar­rests, 254 breath tests and three ve­hi­cle de­fect no­tices while they also tar­geted hot crime ar­eas.

Se­nior Sergeant Della Ni­hill said the op­er­a­tion was a huge suc­cess due to the great work of po­lice and they looked for­ward to more op­er­a­tions of this type be­ing held across the shire.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Paul Ma­her said re­mov­ing re­cidi­vist of­fend­ers from the com­mu­nity was a pri­mary fo­cus for po­lice dur­ing this op­er­a­tion.

‘‘We want peo­ple in the com­mu­nity to know po­lice are ac­tively out there tar­get­ing those who are pre­pared to com­mit these types of of­fences,’’ Det Sen Sgt Ma­her said.

‘‘This type of be­hav­iour sim­ply isn’t ac­cept­able and we will con­tinue to run these types of op­er­a­tions in an ef­fort to de­ter crim­i­nals in the lo­cal area.’’

Po­lice car­ried out 254 breath tests.

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