Castlereagh LAC thanks community for their support throughout ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign, NSW

Police from Castlereagh Local Area Command have thanked the community for their ongoing support and information provided during the recent ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign, NSW Police say.

The Commonwealth-funded campaign is currently being conducted in States and Territories across Australia.

While members of the public are urged to report any prohibited-drug activity via Crime Stoppers; ‘Dob in a Dealer’ is targeting the manufacture, supply and use of ‘ice’ (crystal methylamphetamine) in the community.

‘Dob in a Dealer’ was promoted across Castlereagh Local Area Command between Monday 11 April 2016 and Sunday 24 April 2016.

Police and Crime Stoppers conducted intensive community-engagement activities at locations across the command, encouraging members of the public to report information about prohibited drugs.

“We would like to pass on a very big thank you to the community for getting behind the ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign,” Castlereagh Local Area Commander, Detective Superintendent Jim Stewart, said.

“While the campaign has concluded the fight against illicit drugs continues – so once again, I would like to remind local residents to report any suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods.

“We know that the production and distribution of illicit drugs has the potential to destroy lives. Engaging in drug-activity is not only illegal but also poses serious risks to individuals’ health and welfare,” Det Supt Stewart said.

“If you have information about ‘ice’ I urge you to come forward and make a report, and together we can help ensure a safe and secure community.”

Crime Stoppers NSW CEO, Peter Price, said people who live and work within Castlereagh Local Area Command can still report information confidentially and anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppers.com.au.

“While the campaign has come to a close in Castlereagh LAC, the issue of illegal drugs has not – and we urge the community to continue reporting drug-dealing or drug-manufacturing activity to Crime Stoppers,” Mr Price said.

“We’re calling on members of the public to step up and stamp out ‘ice’ in their community – together we can affect real change.

“Making a report to Crime Stoppers is completely confidential. You will never be identified or called up for a court case, but every piece of information you provide can help solve crimes and reduce drug supply,” Mr Price said.

In NSW, the ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign is being held in 21 metropolitan and regional local area commands over a six-month period between March and September 2016.

The campaign runs in each command for two weeks, during which local officers and Crime Stoppers representatives host a number of activities to inform local residents of how they can take part and show their support.

Please find below a schedule of the local area commands involved in the campaign, including their proposed start dates.

‘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.