The Consulate General of India had issued a Press Release
on July 6, 2007 regarding recent incidents concerning the
Indian community, particularly the subject of assaults and
robberies in Harris Park and other areas.
The Consul General of India Mr. Sujan R. Chinoy, had taken
up the matter with the NSW Government at the highest levels.
In his response to the Consul General of India dated July
10, 2007, the Hon’ble David Campbell, Minister for
Police of NSW has conveyed that on May 21, 2007 ‘Operation
Dale’ was established to detect and arrest robbery
offenders and to prevent further robberies from being committed.
‘Operation Dale’ consists of eight investigators
from the three Local Area Commands, as well as the Metropolitan
Robbery Unit, deployed exclusively to the investigation
of street robberies. ‘Operation Dale’ has since
resulted in 37 arrests and 49 charges relating to robberies
and attacks in the Harris Park area. On June 27, 2007, a
juvenile offender was also arrested, charged and refused
bail in relation to a robbery offence committed in Harris
Park on May 16, 2007. Minister Campbell has informed the
Consul General that there is also a uniformed, high visibility,
pro-active arm of six police attached to the operation who
are rostered fulltime to patrol robbery hotspots. Additionally,
the North West Metropolitan Region is providing significant
additional Commuter Crime Unit and Region Enforcement Squad
personnel each day to augment both the overt and covert
targeting of robbery hotspots.
The Minister has further conveyed to the
Consul General that as part of the overall crime reduction
strategy, ‘Operation Dale’ has also been coordinating
presentations by Youth Liaison Officers, Crime Prevention
Officers and Ethnic Community Liaison Officers on crime prevention
and awareness issues to schools, community and business groups.
The Minister, in his letter to the Consul
General, has referred to the Information Session organised
by the Ethnic Community Liaison Officers at the Harris Park
Internet Café on May 30, 2007 as part of crime prevention
education and awareness strategy in which advice on personal
safety. The Minister has categorically mentioned in his letter
that at no time was the community advised not to carry mobile
telephones. Also, on June 15, 2007, Police addressed a forum
of students and business people in Harris Park which was attended
mainly by the community members of the Indian origin. The
community members were reported to have expressed their satisfaction
with the police response to this issue and the proposed further
action, including increased overt and covert patrols of the
area. The Minister in his letter has pointed out that after
establishing the ‘Operation Dale’ there has been
a significant decline in the number of robbery/assault cases
in the Harris Park area.
The Hon’ble Minister has assured the
Consul General that the NSW police are committed to reducing
the incidence of robbery in Harris Park and other areas through
pro-active policing and the detection and arrest of offenders
through dedicated investigative resources.