Deniliquin Local Area Command Superintendent Craig Jackson will leave the area next month.IVY WISE March 31, 2014 4:19am
Drug use has been the biggest crime issue in Deniliquin and Moama, according to the area’s top cop.
Deniliquin Local Area Command Superintendent Craig Jackson has been reflecting on his past two years in the role as he prepares for his departure next month.
Supt Jackson said police had spent a lot of resources on tackling the issue of drugs, particularly amphetamines and ice.
‘‘Whilst I do not think there is a huge drug problem anywhere in the command, including Mathoura and Moama, this is in part due to the good work police are doing to limit its spread,’’ he said.
‘‘Greater or wider-spread drug use has a flow-on effect to other crime categories, particularly property crime such as break, enter and steal and other stealing offences.’’
Supt Jackson said the community should be vigilant when it came to increased illicit drug activity in their areas and resist it at all cost.
‘‘People should be confident enough to let police know when this is occurring,’’ he said.
Supt Jackson said his biggest achievement since starting in the role two years ago had been successfully targeting crime in the area.
‘‘This includes Strike Force Kaneruka, targeting amphetamine and ice supply in the Deniliquin area, and Strikeforce Anderton, targeting similar supply in Moama,’’ he said.
‘‘There is also much work being done by frontline police addressing crime issues on a daily basis that generally goes unreported, but this is not to say it is not happening and achieving good results.’’
He said the successful police operation for the past two Deni Ute Musters was also a highlight.
Supt Jackson will leave in about two weeks to take over the role of commander in the Hunter area.
‘‘The support of the community for their local police has been evident, for which I am grateful. This is a fantastic command and area and I will miss it,’’ he said.
His replacement will be named in the coming weeks.
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