On Patrol: Operation Whiskey Unison

Operation Whiskey Unison deploys extra police officers to high-crime locations in high-visibility operations aimed at disrupting and deterring offending, to keep the community safe.

Since the launch of Operation Whiskey Unison in March last year, more than 60,000 extra police and police liaison hours have been committed to more than 169,000 crime hotspot patrols, shopping centre walkthroughs, bail compliance checks, community and business engagements and other activities.

As the result of operations and patrols, more than 11,500 people have been charged with 18,600 offences including in relation to drugs, weapons, traffic, and property crime matters.

The high-visibility operation puts boots on the ground where they’re needed the most, aiming to prevent and disrupt youth crime by actively engaging with communities and conducting patrols in strategically identified areas.

A high policing presence not only deters crime but also encourages community members to communicate their concerns and issues affecting their neighbourhood directly with police.

Senior Sergeant Daniel Wicks is a District Duty Officer in Toowoomba who often undertakes extra-patrols under Operation Whiskey Unison, he said the frontline is bolstered by the additional efforts.

“We’ve listened to members of the community and business owners, and we understand that they are concerned about youth crime in the area,” he said.

“We’re addressing those concerns by saturating areas of concern and engaging with not only groups of youths, but business owners and operators.

“We have noticed a dramatic decrease in our crime stats.”

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

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