Police arrested nine people in Dubbo over the weekend as part of Operation Vikings, which was primarily targeting anti-social behaviour and street offences.
The nine arrests were for offences including drink-driving, malicious damage, assault and street offences, and Dubbo police were supported by additional specialist police from Sydney.
Duty officer Inspector Greg Spinks said revellers might have noticed groups of police officers in blue overalls patrolling the streets and hotels of the CBD on Friday and Saturday nights.
“These were specialist police from the Vikings unit in Sydney, who walked through all the hotels in the city as part of a strategy to target areas where a lot of people were gathered,” he said.
“They are mobile units that get called on by various commands and this won’t be a one-off in Dubbo – they’ll be here again leading up to Christmas.”
Mr Spinks said police were aiming both to reduce crime and improve safety in the CBD, but also to increase people’s feeling of security.
“When there is a lot of youth loitering in areas that can be intimidating, especially for older people, so if police can move them on then there is a perception of increased safety,” he said.
“They may in some cases also be hanging around to commit crimes.”
All police vehicles would be targeting drink-driving every day through Christmas and New Year, Mr Spinks said, and police were asking drivers to show consideration to other road-users.
“If you are attending Christmas functions, pre-arrange transport to ensure you arrive home safely,” he said.
Police are also seeking information on a blue and white runabout and trailer stolen in Dubbo over the weekend.
Any person with information is asked to contact Dubbo police on 6881 3222.
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