Back the Blue: Arrests, resources, meeting with West Region Commander bring short-term relief and hope to Tamworth Police as battle against property crime continues | The daily leader of the North

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Dozens of arrests, extra boots on the beat and a quickly arranged meeting with the area’s top cop have brought some relief to Tamworth’s thin blue line as police continue to crack down on property crime. “We need to be able to stay focused on what’s going on because as soon as we turn off the gas things will pick up,” said Tamworth Police Association Chapter President (PANSW) Brian Pegus. Mr Pegus told the chief that the police union had referred local issues to the Western Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Brett Greentree, at a meeting in Tamworth this week. “The meeting was very dynamic in that I feel we have his support,” Mr Pegus said. He said the case for at least eight additional officers to be assigned to Oxley Police District on an upcoming posting – mostly to the undercover team which is crucial in tackling property crime – has arisen. turned out to be solid. “The focus was definitely on the Proactive Crime Team (PCT) and we spoke to him about the disparity between the Orana-Mid Western and New England districts compared to Tamworth,” said said Mr. Pegus. Oxley’s Command PCT unit has not been bolstered by half a dozen permanent officers for decades. “Now we’ve had the volume of crime to show that’s a problem,” he said. “We can only keep pedaling this creaky bike and hope to get the oil can.” READ ALSO: Over 60 cars were stolen in Tamworth in February, over 100 break and enters were reported and Operation Southbreak – the police operation targeting property crime – made 22 arrests. Resources have been reorganized to address issues in Tamworth and Gunnedah. Mr Pegus said more overtime funding and more proactive policing, combined with the hard work of officers investigating and making arrests, had made the difference. Although a group of delinquents still leaves some residents shaken, the dangerous situations and volume of crimes that unfolded over the past week have eased – for now. “It’s a clear example of what we can do if we have additional resources – it’s only a short-term solution,” Mr Pegus said. “We put a cap on it, but as soon as those resources come back, we go back to limited response.” He had previously told the chief that local police were also calling Tamworth at home and dedicated to protecting the community, but needed support to continue doing so. NSW Police have told Chief Deputy Commissioner Greentree the Tamworth meeting was good and he expects more to be held. NSW Police said resources are flexible depending on crime trends and the force will continue community engagement programs to reduce crime. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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