Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

OUR Christ­mas cam­paign has been ex­panded to in­clude vol­ume crime of­fend­ing and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour. Traf­fic po­lice will join with metropoli­tan, State Crime and Re­gional WA of­fi­cers in a com­bined oper­a­tion code-named Cel­sius to get ahead of the sea­sonal spike in crime and traf­fic of­fences. Cel­sius is dif­fer­ent to pre­vi­ous Christ­mas cam­paigns be­cause the strat­egy in­volves lo­cal and spe­cial­ist po­lice to­gether in a more sus­tained ef­fort un­til Fe­bru­ary 5. While not ev­ery road user is a crim­i­nal, all crim­i­nals are road users and this strat­egy will use the com­bined might of WA Po­lice to ex­ploit that. Cel­sius will fo­cus on road of­fences linked to fa­tal and se­ri­ous crashes, bur­glar­ies, steal­ing, theft and family vi­o­lence, as well as anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, par­tic­u­larly in en­ter­tain­ment precincts and at planned events. Spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers will sup­port lo­cal po­lice by tar­get­ing crimes such as il­licit drug deal­ing in the sub­urbs. Traf­fic po­lice will con­duct ran­dom al­co­hol and drug test­ing. Our meth team and lo­cal po­lice will tar­get houses. – Com­mis­sioner Karl O'Cal­laghan

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