“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...”
“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