Stop­ping crime in its tracks

Western Times - - NEWS -

SOUTH-west de­tec­tives have joined forces to tar­get crime against chil­dren in a month-long op­er­a­tion.

De­tec­tives from Dalby, Mur­gon, Charleville, Roma, Toowoomba, Kin­garoy and St Ge­orge Child Pro­tec­tion and In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branches and St Ge­orge Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch came to­gether this month for the blitz di­rected at tar­get­ing of­fences in­volv­ing chil­dren.

Op­er­a­tion Papa Keeper swept through the south-west dis­trict, clean­ing up of­fences re­lat­ing to child pro­tec­tion and oth­ers rang­ing from armed rob­bery, rape mat­ters, stalk­ing, as­saults and il­licit drug of­fences, in­clud­ing po­lice seiz­ing a sig­nif­i­cant 18.5kg of mar­i­juana in one seizure.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Craig El­lis said the op­er­a­tion was a tremen­dous suc­cess, with 18 ar­rests and more than 14 no­tices to ap­pear in court is­sued, which re­sulted in more than 78 charges.

De­spite hardly hav­ing time to even sleep, the de­tec­tives in­volved were im­pressed with their achieve­ments.

Re­sults like th­ese give the com­mu­nity sat­is­fac­tion in know­ing that no mat­ter how small the town, po­lice are se­ri­ous about re­duc­ing crime in th­ese ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas.

If you have in­for­ma­tion for po­lice, phone Po­licelink on 131 444 or pro­vide in­for­ma­tion us­ing the on­line form 24 hours a day.

You can re­port in­for­ma­tion about crime anony­mously to Crime Stop­pers, a reg­is­tered char­ity and com­mu­nity vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tion, by phon­ing 1800 333 000 or via www.crimestop­per­ 24 hours a day.

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