A specially trained police unit, based in Coffs Harbour, tasked with disrupting and preventing drug supply will be rolled out across Northern NSW.
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys joined Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser to announce the establishment of the Region Enforcement Squad at Coffs Harbour Police Station.
The highly-trained Unit will target, investigate, disrupt and prevent mid-level crimes such as drug dealing, property crime and firearm offences.
Deputy Commissioner Worboys said this is another resource available to tackle the scourge of the drug ice in regional communities.
“Officers work diligently across the state to put the communities they serve first and this additional resource will help them prevent and disrupt those crimes that are having an impact on the everyday lives of residents and businesses”, Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.
“RES units can be deployed across NSW to tackle crimes like mid-level drug supply such as the drug ice which is having devastating impacts on communities across the state.
“This added resource will take the pressure off frontline officers and allow them to focus on other areas of crime”.
Mr Fraser said the new Region Enforcement Squad would aim to decrease the workload for frontline police in the Coffs Harbour electorate.
“By pooling resources in our regions with the capability to prevent and disrupt crime, our officers will be able to focus more on proactive policing rather than reactive policing”, Mr Fraser said.
“I know residents on the Coffs Coast will welcome this new squad and continue to assist local police by reporting any suspicious activity in their community.
The Northern RES will be based at the Coffs-Clarence Command, with the capacity to work throughout major hubs and smaller towns across Northern NSW.
It’s expected the unit will be operational by the end of the year.