Crime off the rails, po­lice blitz on trains

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - MATT DEANS

PO­LICE are stag­ing a crime blitz on pas­sen­ger trains trav­el­ling be­tween Syd­ney and Bris­bane on the north­ern line.

Trans­port po­lice sup­ported by Coffs Clarence of­fi­cers have started a four-day cam­paign car­ry­ing out in­tel­li­gence work on the North Coast XPT ser­vices.

Of­fi­cers are set to tar­get anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and trans­port-re­lated of­fences.

NSW Po­lice Trans­port Com­mand’s De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul De­vaney said the op­er­a­tion, which started on Thurs­day night, would con­tinue through to to­mor­row.

“Po­lice of­fi­cers trav­el­ling on the XPT ser­vices will be sup­ported by of­fi­cers in ve­hi­cles dur­ing this time as they tar­get crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour,” Mr De­vaney said.

“The ben­e­fit of de­ploy­ing of- fi­cers to pas­sen­ger train ser­vices is that it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with the pu­bic who are our eyes and ears on the trans­port net­work.

He said the op­er­a­tions car­ried a fo­cus of drug de­tec­tion in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether pas­sen­ger train ser­vices were be­ing used to traf­fic drugs to and from the Mid North and North coasts.

“On pas­sen­ger trains on the north­ern line there are spo­radic in­ci­dents, low crime rates re­ally and these op­er­a­tions are aimed at po­lice in­tel­li­gence, while pro­vid­ing a level of re­as­sur­ance to pas­sen­gers and NSW TrainLink staff who deal with in­ci­dents on our trains with po­lice.”

On Mon­day, po­lice will de­tail the of­fences they have un­cov­ered on the train ser­vices. SEE THE VIDEO On our web­site.

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