POLICE TO BEGIN HIGH-VISIBILITY COMPLIANCE OPERATION
An additional 100 police officers will be deployed to South-West Sydney from 7am tomorrow to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 Public Health Orders.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the police response will be elevated, including resources from the Dog and Mounted Unit, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, PolAir, Police Transport Command and general duties officers from the South West Metropolitan Region, to protect the community from those who seek to flout the orders.
“I’m urging the community, particularly those in South-West Sydney, to stay at home to protect yourself and your family from this very infectious disease,” Mr Elliott said.
“There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our community and that is the focus of our police force, as they risk they are out on the frontlines enforcing the health orders.”
“The delta strain is a game changer, and police will be out in the community helping people to comply, but where they don’t get compliance they will be out enforcing the public health orders. Stay at home unless you absolutely need to leave”.
Metropolitan Field Operations Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon said the circumstances of the current outbreak called for strong action.
“We have seen over the past two weeks this strain is incredibly virulent – it can go anywhere and go there very quickly – so we need to be ahead of it,” Deputy Commissioner Lanyon said.
“Our police will be targeting the people who think the rules don’t apply to them. Those people are putting everyone’s lives at risk, including their own families.”
Police are appealing to the public to report any suspected breaches of the public health order or behavior which may put the health and safety of the community at risk to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.