MEMBERS of the public are being encouraged to help fight against the meth amphetamine and ice epidemic that is ravaging the state.
The ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign has launched in the Blacktown area and will run for two weeks, during which police will conduct community activities organised to educate people on the dangers of illicit drugs.
Across the two week initiative, police aim to also highlight the important role members of the public have in helping police shut down drug syndicates and arrest drug dealers.
Blacktown Local Area Commander, Detective Superintendent Gary Merryweather said Dob in a Dealer is about acknowledging that illegal drugs are a serious issue within our community.
“Police cannot be on every street corner, which is why we need to work with the community to identify the unscrupulous criminals who are manufacturing and distributing prohibited drugs like ice within our neighbourhoods,” Det Supt Merryweather said.
“The fact is drugs like ‘ice’ do not discriminate, they can affect people from both disadvantaged and affluent social backgrounds and its impact spans the entire geography of this state,” he said.
Det Supt Merryweather urged the public to come forward if they see or hear anything.
“If you see something you’re concerned about, please let us know. Your information could help us smash an ice supply syndicate and directly impact on the amount of ‘ice’ circulating in our community,” he said.
Data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has consistently shown the impact ice is having on local communities.
In the 36 months to September 2015, arrests for ice possession soared by 75.3 per cent across the state, which is an increase from 5,063 in 2013 to 8,876 in 2015.
Across the same period of time, arrests for dealing and trafficking ice in New South Wales increased from 1,567 in 2013 to 2,099 in 2015.
Anyone who knows, sees or hears anything can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.