Tasman District Police are focused on eliminating organized crime and limiting gang damage, with the deployment of new Organized Crime Unit (OCU) posts in the district.
Over three years, the goal is to strengthen the UCO’s presence in the West Coast and Marlborough regions, Detective Inspector Mark Chenery said.
Deployment to other areas began last year with the posting of two Detective Officers to the West Coast UCO.
“This year I have appointed a Detective Sergeant on the West Coast and two Marlborough Detective Constable positions are currently being advertised.
“We will continue to build on this, adding more UCO positions on the West Coast, Marlborough and Nelson in 2022.”
“The new UCO positions support the current tactical crime unit. The goal is to focus more directly on the challenges of organized crime in each area.
Police know locals are reporting more overt gang activity in the community, with more gang patches and paraphernalia.
“The behavior of these people is designed to intimidate and has not always been part of the makeup of our community.
“We are concerned about the discomfort this brings to members of our community and we are committed to making sure everyone is safe and feeling safe.”
This has been evident in several recent operations targeting drug crimes, which have resulted in the location and seizure of drugs and firearms.
One was Operation Joaquin on the west coast in September, which saw three people arrested on charges including supplying methamphetamine, cultivating cannabis and illegally possessing a weapon. fire.
Police will continue to take a hard line on organized crime groups, and residents can expect to see further search warrants, arrests and targeting of members of organized crime groups.
This offense is causing enormous social damage to our community and the police are committed to limiting this damage.
“We are also working with our partner agencies, iwi and community organizations to ensure support for families and victims, as well as offenders who wish to be helped to change. Groups such as the recently announced Methamphetamine Impact Group on the West Coast are a good example of agencies and NGOs working together to eliminate this behavior from our communities.
We also need the public’s help. The smallest bit of information about activity or people you find suspicious could be the key police need to initiate or further investigate criminal offenses.
When you go to the police, your identity may remain anonymous. There is also Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 who can receive information and advice on behalf of the police.
Alternatively, you can speak in confidence with Detective Sgt. Brent Lyford, the new UCO West Coast unit chief, to share information that could help police.
Together, we can protect our communities from the intimidation and harm caused by organized crime.
Posted by Police Media Center