Crime team hits Tweed
A NEW crime team targeting anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related crime hit the Tweed Byron region running this month.
Thirteen officers from the Tweed Byron Command have given a pre-existing crime unit a makeover with extra numbers and a boost in strength.
Officers joined forces with Byron Shire Council rangers and NSW National Parks this week to target a popular illegal camping spot in the Byron Bay sand dunes.
Crime manager Detective Inspector Shane Diehm said the raid targeted offenders tied to recent thefts.
“We want people to feel safe, and the perception of crime to decrease so people can go about their business and tourists can go about their holidays without fear of interacting with anti-social behaviour or alcohol-fuelled violence,” Det Insp Diehm said.
“All towns in the command will see high-visibility policing.”
The unit comes under the leadership of Tweed Byron Commander Superintendent Stuart Wilkins.
The 13 officers were selected based on their public order, licensing and general policing skills, and as a team will also aim to decrease property and traffic crime.
This weekend Tweed Byron and the neighbouring commands will target street offences, alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.