Police from Albury Local Area Command (LAC) have thanked the community for their ongoing support during the recent ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign.
The Commonwealth-funded campaign is currently being conducted in States and Territories across Australia.
While members of the public are urged to report any prohibited-drug activity via Crime Stoppers; ‘Dob in a Dealer’ is targeting the manufacture, supply and use of ‘ice’ (crystal methylamphetamine) in the community.
‘Dob in a Dealer’ was promoted across Albury/Wodonga Local Area Commands between Wednesday 13 July 2016 and Sunday 24 July 2016.
Police and Crime Stoppers conducted intensive community-engagement activities at locations across the command, encouraging members of the public to report information about prohibited drugs.
Over the course of the campaign and in the weeks that followed, Crime Stoppers received a number of Information Reports from the community relating to possible drug activity in the local area.
Albury Local Area Commander, Acting Superintendent Evan Quarmby, thanked the community for getting behind the ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign.
“During the campaign we received 18 Information Reports via Crime Stoppers about suspected drug activity across our region, all of which will now undergo further investigation,” A/Supt Quarmby said.
“We know that a whole-of-community approach is required to tackle the spread of ‘ice,’ so it was positive to see the calls coming in with valuable information.
“I’d also like to urge the public to please keep the calls coming in; ‘ice’ does not discriminate and continues to affect people of all demographics right across the state of NSW,” A/Supt Quarmby said.
“It’s also important to remember that your call to Crime Stoppers could very well change someone’s life. This drug has the potential to ravage lives but don’t forget help is available and it’s never too late to make that change.
“For the money-hungry criminals who manufacture these dangerous substances it’s all about the bottom line; the wellbeing of their customers is simply not of concern, which is why you can never be sure what you’re consuming,” A/Supt Quarmby said.
“Do not underestimate the important role you can play in helping us track down and arrest those involved in manufacturing and distributing ‘ice’ across our neighbourhoods – your phone call could make an enormous difference.”
Crime Stoppers NSW CEO, Peter Price, said people who live and work within Albury Local Area Command can still report information confidentially and anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppers.com.au.
“While the campaign has come to a close in Albury LAC, the issue of illegal drugs has not – and we urge the community to continue reporting drug-dealing or drug-manufacturing activity to Crime Stoppers,” Mr Price said.
“We’re calling on members of the public to step up and stamp out ‘ice’ in their community – together we can affect real change.
“Calls made to Crime Stoppers are directed to a state-wide call centre and they’re completely confidential. You do not have to identify yourself and you will not be compelled to participate for a court case,” Mr Price said.
“Most importantly, every piece of information you provide can help solve crimes and reduce drug supply – so if you know something, say something.”
In NSW, the ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign is being held in 21 metropolitan and regional local area commands over a six-month period between March and September 2016.
The campaign runs in each command for two weeks, during which local officers and Crime Stoppers representatives host a number of activities to inform local residents of how they can take part and show their support.