NSW Police stated today that they will continue their crackdown on public transport offences with the launch of Operation Rolling Shield, an intelligence-driven, high-visibility operation targeting crime hotspots on public transport.
Operation Rolling Shield will begin at 3pm on Friday 27 June and Saturday 28 June 2014; and will continue each Friday and Saturday night, helping to ensure a safe environment for all public transport users.
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner, Catherine Burn, said the operation will see officers respond to public transport areas requiring urgent attention.
“Officers will be on services and at areas that require immediate police attention, including trains, buses and ferries, as well as transport hubs,” Deputy Commissioner Burn said.
“Police patrols will be intelligence driven, meaning officers will be at locations identified as hotspots for either criminal activity or anti-social behaviour.
“These targeted areas will be fluid, and change with need, as opposed to a fixed location set in stone,” she said.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Stuart Ayres, said the collaborative operation shows the government’s commitment to targeting crime on public transport is continuing.
“We have a long-term commitment to tackle unsafe and improper behaviour,” Minister Ayres said.
“Police Transport Command officers will work with a number of NSW Police units, the State Transit Authority, NSW and Sydney Trains, Transport for NSW, Ferries and the Taxi Council under Operation Rolling Shield.
“We want those travelling on public transport to feel safe and secure, and we urge all members of the public to approach an officer if they feel unsafe or see suspicious activity,” he said.