Dozens arrested in rolling police operations in Townsville

Townsville police have started 2021 launching multiple operations to target repeat offenders and drive down crime in the District.

Operation Tango Pheasant, which began on January 1, is focusing on property crimes such as car theft, burglary, robbery and stealing from home and cars.

Since January 1, 34 people have been charged with 169 offences – made up of 21 adults charged with 116 charges and 13 juveniles charged with 53 charges.

Operation Aussie Flag (January 20-22) began on Wednesday, with a highly visible police presence across Townsville involving RBTs and road drug tests in Myserton, Kirwan and Heatley.

The operation involves 75 officers from TCS, RAP, dog squad and local stations.

It follows Op High Vis weekend blitz conducted between January 8 to 11 which saw 23 offenders charged with 53 offences from assault to drug and fraud offences.

Deputy Commissioner Paul Taylor said police would continue conducting rolling operations throughout the year.

“Townsville residents can expect to see police out in force throughout 2021, providing a strong presence across the city,” Deputy Commissioner Taylor said.

“Our officers are committed to tackling crime head-on and it is encouraging to see early results from local operations already having an impact.”

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