Re­gion’s of­fi­cers do a great job

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing

MT DRUITT po­lice have copped more crit­i­cism than any other lo­cal area com­mand I’ve worked with in my time as a crime reporter.

For some res­i­dents, po­lice are a com­fort­ing sight in an area with a bad name.

But for oth­ers, there is a real ‘ us ver­sus them’ at­ti­tude to­wards those in blue.

Af­ter rid­ing along with po­lice dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Hol­ly­dene on Fri­day, I was com­forted to see the real con­nec­tion cops on the beat have with so many.

And, even in the face of ag­gres­sion, foul lan­guage and insults, the tone from po­lice re­mained calm and ac­tions de­lib­er­ate.

I did not feel un­safe, be­cause when things were tense there was an of­fi­cer at the ready – not just for me but for any­one watch­ing.

But, with a grow­ing trend of vi­o­lence and gang ac­tiv­ity in the area, res­i­dents told me they are afraid.

It was an im­pres­sive sight to see a con­voy of flash­ing lights roll out, with PolAir above.

But it was even more im­pres­sive to see the of­fi­cers at work, tak­ing po­si­tions with­out shar­ing a word as the homes known to be fre­quented by al­leged gang mem­bers were door­knocked.

The dog pa­trol works the area.

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