Evidence Based Policing: Tassie Police Zero In On Crims

Targeting known North-West criminals where they live and offend has been paying off for Tasmania Police.

Police in the Western District have a key strategy of using intelligence information to send patrols into specific areas.

The patrols target major and minor offences, including traffic and public order breaches and drink and drug driving, and search for stolen property and drugs.

They also track the movement of “suspicious persons”.

“The strategy has been highly successful in detecting offences, interrupting the movement of drugs and stolen property and locating stolen property and firearms,” police said in their recently released 2014-15 annual report.

The Criminal Network Disruption and Targeting Strategy involved normal police processes being used to target specific areas, Western District Commander Locky Avery said.

“We come up with a residence of interest or a suburb of interest, then saturate it with a whole range of different processes,” he said.

“We might put detectives in there, traffic people, public order or the drug squad.”

He said it had been very successful, especially with positive drug driving tests, describing them as a “big disruptor” of criminal activity.

“If we can disrupt their mobility – for example, taking their licences – it slows down what they can get up to.”

Commander Avery said target areas were selected based on material including analysis of crime patterns and information from the public identifying houses which had “strange activity that looks as if it might be drug related”.

“What we’re trying to do is disrupt any of the activity in that area using all our policing methodology, zeroing it in to the actual target rather than applying it across the board.”

Source: The Advocate.

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