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Operation Artemis targeting public transport offenders - PTC

Thursday, 09 March 2017 04:47:01 AM

People who could commit offences on public transport are being targeted by officers from the Police Transport Command’s Operation Artemis, during a two-day operation in Blacktown this week.

Between 6am on Tuesday 7 March 2017 and 2pm yesterday (Wednesday 8 March 2017), officers from Police Transport Command North West Sector, with the assistance of Blacktown Local Area Command, attended a number of places within close proximity of the public transport network in Blacktown.

During the operation, officers proactively targeted persons who could commit offences on public transport in order to prevent further crimes from taking place on the public transport network.

Today’s activity was one of many planned proactive operations under Operation Artemis, an ongoing strategy aimed at reducing assaults on trains.

Commander of the Police Transport Command, Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell, said the operation is about stopping crime before it happens on the public transport network.

“We want the public transport network to be a safe place for everyone.

“The aim of this operation is let those people who could commit crimes on and around the public transport network know that we are watching them.

“Over the past two days we have been targeting people in order to get to them before they commit crimes.

“This is one of the many proactive strategies that the Police Transport Command undertake in order to prevent crimes rather than react to them after they happen.

“We make no apologies for getting in the face of people who could commit crimes on and around the public transport network,” Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell said.

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