Statement from the NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller regarding the deployment of ADF personnel.
The NSW Police Force is significantly expanding its COVID-19 welfare and compliance activities in Sydney over the coming days and I have requested 300 ADF personnel to boost our operational footprint.
What this means is police officers will be assisted by ADF personnel as they deliver food parcels, conduct welfare door-knocks and go through compliance checks of stay-at-home and self-isolation orders.
This operation will be led and managed by the NSW Police Force.
The ADF will be present in a supporting role under the direction of the NSW Police Force.
The operation will be centred around the welfare of the community and ensuring that stay-at-home orders issued by NSW Health to specific individuals are observed.
ADF has provided essential assistance over the past 18 months – particularly during last year’s border operation, the ongoing hotel quarantine operation and the assistance provided with logistics support in the Police Operations Centre.
The ADF has also previously provided assistance in response to bushfires and floods.
The NSW Police Force will continue to work with the community to ensure the well-being and safety of everyone in NSW.