More than 160 arrested during operation targeting crime in south west Sydney, NSW

More than 160 people were arrested during a two-day proactive police operation in Sydney’s south west aimed at reducing incidents of crime in the region, NSW Police say.

Operation Habitat was held between Friday 15 April and Saturday 16 April 2016 and comprised police from 14 local area commands, along with specialist police from the Region Enforcement and Public Order and Riot squads, and the Police Transport Command.

The Operation was formed to target repeat offenders and known crime locations within the South West Metropolitan Region for offences such as drug possession, anti social behaviour, street crime and traffic related matters.

During the operation 165 people were arrested resulting in charges including 61 drug offences, 34 street offences, 35 arrests for outstanding warrants, and three robberies.

Officers also searched more than 860 people and 190 cars, conducted 3800 random breath tests and handed out 380 infringement notices for a range of offences.

A man was arrested at Hinchinbrook after he was allegedly found to be in possession of a shot gun and cannabis, while another man was arrested over an alleged attempted robbery at Lidcombe.

Four youths were also arrested and charged over an alleged affray at a children’s rugby league game at Kingsgrove.

South West Sydney Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli, said the operation was a success and demonstrated the commitment of NSW Police to driving down crime.

“An additional 250 police were deployed across the region during this operation, which ran right across the weekend resulting in significant arrests and deterring criminal activity.

“Officers were seen on trains, in shopping centres, sporting venues, out on our roads, and knocking on doors throughout the region,” Assistant Commissioner Mennilli said.