The police strike power concentrating on organised criminal networks in NSW will be boosted to extra than 100 officers in a expose to crack down on feuding crime gangs in Sydney’s southwest.
Police Commissioner Michael Fuller says Strike Power Raptor will spoil free the Criminal Teams Squad and switch into the Raptor Squad from Monday.
The squad be expanded to 115 workers, including 30 new police positions – 10 of which originate Monday – with the remaining 20 coming on board in July.
The commissioner announced the expansion exact days after months of public assaults and days after a gang-connected force by-shooting at an Auburn townhouse injured a nurse working at an adjacent correctly being facility.
Since its launch in 2009, Strike Power Raptor has targeted organised criminal networks, including OMCG, crime families and other illicit drug gangs.
“The relentless, excessive-affect and in-your-face policing techniques have considered the arrest of 6290 people and additional than 15,800 costs laid, along with the seizure of additional than 2000 firearms and $15 million money,” Mr Fuller acknowledged in a commentary on Friday.
“The Raptor Squad is the following stage of that evolution. We’re taking this from 100 per cent to 200 per cent,” he acknowledged.
Police Minister David Elliott acknowledged the increased boots on the bottom and renewed tactics supposed all criminal groups and networks may maybe maybe maybe well be targeted admire they had been terrorists.
“Any individual who thinks they may be able to clutch part in organised crime in this thunder will now be handled as what they’re, urban terrorists.
“We have considered first-hand the recklessness of oldsters who ponder it is alright to shoot into other folks’s homes, automobiles or companies. These incidents point out a blatant push apart for workers security.”
Investigations and Counter Terrorism Deputy Commissioner David Hudson acknowledged the Raptor Squad had charged 23 people in most new months as a part of investigations into the war in Sydney’s southwest.
Police may maybe maybe maybe well be “within the faces of these criminals extra most steadily”, he acknowledged.
“In gentle of most new events – where exact, innocent people were put in hazard – we’re rapid-monitoring the re-allocations and I demand there’ll be a selection of criminals seeing loads extra of the Raptor Squad from subsequent week.”