Police operation cracks down on street gangs
POLICE have taken steps to drive a wedge between street gang members plaguing Mt Druitt.
In a new approach for the command, Mt Druitt Superintendent Jeff Philippi said a big part of Operation Hollydene on Friday involved doorknocks to serve 15 preemptive consorting warnings on known gang members.
Seventeen people were arrested during the operation for various offences.
About 8.15pm, The Stan- dard witnessed police arrest a teen, who appeared to be heavily intoxicated and yelling, on the corner of Koomooloo and Sedgman crescents at Shalvey.
As talks between police and the teen escalated, the boy was handcuffed and driven from the scene.
A small and vocal crowd formed around the incident.
Some filmed the arrest on their phones, while others called out objections, including “police brutality at its finest”.
Supt Philippi said the teen was driven home for his own safety and would be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.
The Standard followed police as they doorknocked known gang members.
From the 17 arrests, 20 charges were laid including one breach apprehended domestic violence order, two breach of bail, three disqualified drivers and six suspended drivers.
Police also charged three people for mid-range drinkdriving, one for low-range drink-driving and another for special-range drinkdriving.
Two people were charged with offensive behaviour and one for possess prohibited drug.
A cannabis caution and two Young Offenders Act cautions were issued for possess prohibited drug.
Six fines for offences related to offensive language and behaviour were also issued.
Police handed out 47 traffic infringement notices and 17 rail infringement notices.
A total of 630 random breath tests were conducted, and 30 bail compliance checks were done.
Police talk to young people in the streets of Shalvey as they look for known gang members and issue warnings about preemptive consorting.
A teen taken into custody.