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Unprecedented drive to combat serious and organised crime

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has today outlined how a further 500 police will prevent and combat organised criminal networks and serious offending to reduce crime and harm in communities.

The 500 are part of the 1800 additional officers to be recruited by Police, following a $298.8 million increase for Police in Budget 2018.

They will be supported by a further 200 district-based officers focused on preventing serious and organised crime, that were recently announced.

“Police currently does a great job in a tough environment but gangs are getting more sophisticated, growing their links with international syndicates, and continuing to be financed through the supply of methamphetamine and other drugs,” says Mr Bush.

“The injection of 500 national-level staff to combat serious and organised crime is unprecedented in this country.

It will enable Police, alongside our partners, to disrupt, deter and dismantle organised criminal networks.

“Police will be targeting the most serious criminals, but will also work closely with our partner agencies to help others to walk away from a life of crime.

For many this will mean breaking a cycle of intergenerational crime, addiction and social dysfunction."

The 500 positions include a mix of constabulary investigators and specialist authorised officers with specific constabulary powers relevant to their particular area, including in cybercrime, financial forensic investigations and asset recovery.

“Increasing our specialist capability is key as we continue to adapt to the challenges of 21st century policing.

These new positions represent a significant boost to Police’s digital frontline.

"These 500 new police are a serious boost that, deployed the right way, will make a real difference and help strengthen communities that have suffered under the shadow of gangs and addiction.

“It will also help free up the additional frontline police officers who are coming on board to keep people safe,” says Mr Bush.

The 500 roles will be located across the country and work alongside district staff but will be nationally managed to ensure a coordinated approach to combatting organised crime.

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