Police targeting young criminals

A PERMANENT extreme high visibility policing operation has been launched across Queensland to target youth crime and enhance community safety.

Operation Victor Unison will involve police officers conducting high-visibility officer patrols in intelligence driven hot spot locations, including public spaces and residential areas.

The boosted patrols are coordinated in addition to day-to-day policing operations, and enable officers to walk through shopping precincts, deploy to hot spot areas, conduct bail checks and engage with young people. 

The operation follows the success of Operation Uniform Theta which resulted in the arrests of more than 2,800 people on 6,500 charges and around 23,000 proactive policing activities.

Operation Victor Unison will be conducted across key districts and locations around Queensland.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Wheeler said the Queensland Police Service has received very positive feedback from business owners, retail staff and local community members about our high visibility policing during Operation Uniform Theta.

“We are pleased to roll out extra high visibility patrols in hotspots across the State as part of this new expanded operation.

“This ‘boots-on-the-ground style’ operation will see officers in marked police vehicles patrolling streets, walking through shopping centres, retail and restaurant precincts, stop in at service stations and really engage with the community.”

Police Minister Mark Ryan said the high police presence had many benefits in keeping communities safe.

“Having extra police out on patrol has a strong deterrence factor and sends a clear message to would-be offenders,” Minister Ryan said.

“It is also about enabling business owners and community members to speak with their local police about issues affecting their area.

“The extra patrols are over and above normal calls for service and everyday policing operations in areas where they are needed most.

“The community can expect to see extra police out on the beat in their local communities.”