Police relentless in pursuit of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

The Queensland Police Service is taking the fight to Outlaw Motorcycle gangs with membership hitting a new low.

More bikies are throwing in the towel with over a hundred of them handing in their colours and formally disassociating from declared criminal organisations.

More than 170 bikies are now behind bars.

In the last year the Organised Crime Gangs Group arrested 1179 people on 3665 charges, the highest number of arrests in any year since Taskforce Maxima was formed.

The state budget has allocated an additional $5m to the State Crime Command to back the Queensland Police Service’s relentless efforts targeting organised crime.

Police Minister Mark Ryan said the strongest anti-bikie laws in the nation were assisting police to do their job.

“I am advised by the Queensland Police Service that the number of ‘Patched’ OMCG members as at January 1st, 2015 was 789.

“Police advise that as at June 2nd, 2019 the number was down to 650.

“I am further advised that since this government’s laws came into effect, 114 ‘patched’ OMCG members have formally disassociated from declared criminal organisations.

“In that time 55 matters have been referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission, 41 restraining orders have been obtained over property worth $12.2m, and 130 people have been charged with the circumstance of aggravation for being a participant in a criminal organisation.

“Police are arresting the bikies.

“The numbers prove that.

“To our police, especially the Organised Crime Gangs Group, including Taskforce Maxima, I say thank you on behalf of all Queenslanders, for relentlessly pursuing those who want to cause harm in our community,” Minister Ryan said.

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