One week into the “Dob in a Dealer” campaign in Castlereagh Local Area Command (LAC), police and Crime Stoppers are urging residents to continue their offensive against the drug “ice”, NSW Police say.
The Commonwealth-funded campaign is currently being run in states and territories across Australia.
In NSW, the campaign is being held in 21 metropolitan and regional LACs over a six-month period between March and September 2016.
It will run in each LAC for two weeks, during which local residents will be urged to help police shut down drug-manufacturing syndicates and arrest drug suppliers by reporting relevant information to Crime Stoppers.
With the campaign now in its second week in Castlereagh LAC, police and Crime Stoppers are reminding locals to keep up their efforts to rid their community of “ice” (crystal methylamphetamine).
“We have been very pleased by the reaction of the community to the campaign to date,” Acting Castlereagh LAC Commander, Acting Superintendent Keith Ridley, said.
“‘Ice’ is ruining lives and tearing families apart, and people who live here have been telling us they want it to stop,” A/Supt Ridley said.
“We encourage members of the public to join us in our offensive against ‘ice’ and other drugs, and to contact us via Crime Stoppers to tell us anything they know about drug dealers or manufacturers,” he said.
Crime Stoppers NSW CEO, Peter Price, said drugs can have devastating consequences for the whole community, and putting a stop to the flow of drugs requires a whole-of-community response.
“Local residents often hold the key to information that can help reduce crime, and we are asking people who live in the Orana region to play an active role and report those people that are bringing harmful drugs into the area,” Mr Price said.
“If you have already reported something to Crime Stoppers, we thank you; if you have not and know something, we ask that you let us know immediately.
“By making that one anonymous phone call or online report, you could save not only your community from drugs, but also a life,” Mr Price said.
Please find below a schedule of the local area commands involved in the campaign, including their proposed start dates. This schedule is subject to change. To confirm dates and discuss proposed media activities in each command, please contact NSW Police Media Officer Siobhan McMahon via the NSW Police Media Unit on (02) 8263 6100.
“Dob in a Dealer” Community Engagement Calendar
14 March 2016: Redfern
21 March 2016: Orana
28 March 2016: Sydney City
11 April 2016: Castlereagh
11 April 2016: Liverpool
26 April 2016: Campbelltown
2 May 2016: Barwon
9 May 2016: Wollongong
23 May 2016: Richmond
30 May 2016: Shoalhaven
13 June2016: Tweed/Byron
20 June 2016: The Hume
4 July 2016: Coffs/Clarence
11 July 2016: Albury
18 July 2016: Mid North Coast
1 August2016: Wagga Wagga
8 August 2016: Oxley
22 August 2016: Griffith
29 August 2016: Newcastle City
12 September 2016: Canobolas
19 September 2016: Blacktown
Crime Stoppers is focused on gathering information to stop the supply and manufacture of drugs. If you or someone you know is affected by drug use or addiction, please contact support services such as the Alcohol and Drug Information Service on (02) 9361 8000.