“So, from our per­spec­tive this is not about stats, this is about lock­ing up the worst crim­i­nals in town and mak­ing this town as safe as we pos­si­bly can...”

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“They’ll be trained in surveil­lance and other du­ties to tar­get these peo­ple pro­fes­sion­ally but the other thing is they will have time, they won’t have the gen­eral du­ties-type re­spon­si­bil­i­ties where when a call comes over the ra­dio they’ve got to rush out, their pri­mary fo­cus will be on get­ting the crim­i­nal.”

“I think giv­ing the ad­di­tional po­si­tions so peo­ple have time to breathe and re­ally set a good tar­get­ing plan al­lows them to get the per­son – it could take three months - some of these could take six months and I un­der­stand the frus­tra­tions of peo­ple but … we want to get a good cus­to­dial sen­tence out of this. We don’t want to catch them just for some mi­nor of­fence. They (the of­fi­cers) will be trained, they’ll be re­sourced and they’ll have the time to re­ally fo­cus on the worst crim­i­nals in the town.

Com­mis­sioner Fuller said the new team will be par­tic­u­larly mid-fo­cused on mid-level crime.

“It has such a big im­pact on pub­lic safety and the way peo­ple feel and the fact your homes are get­ting bro­ken into or your car’s be­ing stolen or your tools are be­ing stolen out of the back of your car. It makes peo­ple feel un­safe. So, from our per­spec­tive this is not about stats, this is about lock­ing up the worst crim­i­nals in town and mak­ing this town as safe as we pos­si­bly can,” he said.

Com­mis­sioner Fuller said the re­gion en­force­ment squads had proven their worth in metropoli­tan Syd­ney com­mands. Af­ter iron­ing the bugs out of the sys­tem, they are be­ing es­tab­lished in the re­gions to pro­vide a crit­i­cal mass of new, ex­tra re­sources with spe­cific spe­cial­ist roles to strate­gi­cally take out the re­gion’s most ac­tive mid-level crooks.

“You’re talk­ing about a number of new po­lice po­si­tions, funded po­si­tions that I’ve moved, be­cause of re-en­gi­neer­ing, I’ve taken them from some­where else in the state where I didn’t feel they were needed any­more and I’m mov­ing them to an area where they are needed,” Com­mis­sioner Fuller said.

“We know the re­gion en­force­ment squad has had a mas­sive

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