The Police Transport and Public Safety Command (PTC) have fined 74 people during a high-visibility operation targeting anti-social behaviour around Sydney yesterday, as commuters return to public transport.
Operation Colossus saw 90 officers deployed in Central, the Northern Beaches, North Shore, Hornsby, Gosford, Maitland, Morisset, and Newcastle targeting anti-social behaviour and criminal activity between 12.30pm and midnight (Thursday 6 May 2021).
Police Transport Command North Central led the high-visibility operation with assistance from the Dog and Mounted Command, Marine Area Command, and police area commands including Eastern Suburbs, Eastern Beaches, South Sydney, North Shore, Inner West, and Ku-ring-Gai.
During the operation, police fined 74 people for a range of offences including travel without a valid ticket, smoke in or on public passenger vehicle/train and put feet on seat in or on public passenger vehicle/train.
Officers also conducted 57 person searches, two vehicle searches, and 20 licensed premises checks. They also issued 41 move-on directions.
There were four drug detections, with officers seizing cannabis and prescription drugs.
“We will continue to target offences on the public transport network to ensure commuters feel safe while travelling, as the number of people using the transport network has returned to pre-COVID volumes” said Acting Superintendent Todd Cunningham, Commander of Police Transport Command Central North.
“To those who want to commit offences, action will be taken against you by police to make sure commuters feel safe.”
“During the operation, mask wearing on public transport again came into effect and we were generally pleased with the public’s compliance with the regulation.”
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.