Operation Quebec Ironside – closure of major operation, Townsville Police District

Townsville Police have arrested almost 400 people on 839 charges throughout February as part of Operation Quebec Ironside in the Townsville District, Queensland Police say.

Operation Quebec Ironside aimed at disrupting the drug trade, targeting crime hot spots in Townsville and engaging with the community by involving officers from the Tactical Crime Squad, Rapid Action Patrols and District Crime Prevention Unit.

Throughout the operation officers targeted drug, stealing and robbery offences with a focus on preventing criminal activity and identifying individuals and groups who participate in crime or high risk activities.

Police also conducted a series of community based crime prevention workshop and engagements throughout February. These workshops aimed at improving community engagement, promoting crime prevention initiatives and providing information on how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.

The majority of those arrested were charged in relation to property, drug and traffic related offences.

Chief Superintendent Kevin Guteridge, District Officer said the multi-prong approach to crime detection, investigation and prevention yielded tremendous results for the district.

“Townsville police are committed to reducing crime in the region and this operation represents another stage in our effort to ensure community safety,” said Chief Superintendent Guteridge.

“We continue to work with the community to make Townsville a safer place to live and we always encourage the community to speak to police about any suspicious activity or any concerns they have about anti-social behaviour in their area.”

During Operation Quebec Ironside Townsville police arrested and charged a total of 394 people on 839 offences, some of which included 134 people charged on 349 drug offences and 69 people charged on 181 property related offences, as well as 60 people charged on 47 warrant offences.

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