Police squads crossing regional borders to tackle illegal drugs, domestic violence

Specialist police squads to cross regional borders to tackle illegal drugs and domestic violence


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FLYING SQUADS: Police Minister Troy Grant, Police Commissioner Michael Fuller, Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys and Western Region commander Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie. Photo: ORLANDER RUMING

FLYING SQUADS: Police Minister Troy Grant, Police Commissioner Michael Fuller, Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys and Western Region commander Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie. Photo: ORLANDER RUMING

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Two dedicated squads based in Dubbo to tackle illegal drugs and family violence.

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NSW Police Force has created two squads to tackle illegal drugs and domestic violence.

Both teams will be based in Dubbo and will be prepared to work on targets across towns and regional borders.

The Domestic Violence High Risk Offender team of a sergeant, three constables and a civilian analyst will focus on stopping perpetrators of domestic violence.

Many victims escaping domestic violence are referred to Housing Plus and community services manager Penny Dordoy said both organisations had a “good working relationship”.

“Housing Plus supports any additional resources targeting high risk offenders in the western region and hope that those resources cover the Central West also,” Ms Dordoy said.

“The west and Central West have extremely high rates of domestic and family violence and any actions that target and hold perpetrators accountable are welcome and necessary.”

Ms Dordoy said Orange had a domestic violence rate twice the state average.

NSW Police Commissioner Michael Fuller said for too long the perpetrator of domestic and family violence had been looked at differently from other criminals.

“Our primary focus needs to be on the victims and the silent victims which are the family members,” Commissioner Fuller said.

“I really feel as though perpetrator accountability is essential because it starts the conversation that we don’t accept domestic and family violence.

“We don’t accept people stealing our cars, we don’t accept people breaking into our houses so we shouldn’t accept people abusing our family members, it’s just not on.”

Commissioner Fuller said the job of police was to prevent the next victim from being assaulted.

Meanwhile, the Regional Enforcement Squad will tackle mid-level crime, focusing on drug suppliers. 

Commissioner Fuller said the regional enforcement squad had been proven successful in the metropolitan regions.

The squad will now start operating out of Dubbo and Wagga Wagga.

The semi-covert team’s focus is on those creating the “biggest problems”.

He encouraged residents to come forward with information as the team would be able to invest time and resources to ensure they were placed before the courts.

The story Police squads crossing regional borders to tackle illegal drugs, domestic violence first appeared on Central Western Daily.

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