All quiet on crime front in Coffs

A POST-flood hush seems to have settled over the Coffs Harbour area, with Local Area Command Detective Inspector Chris Clarke reporting a pretty quiet weekend.

But Mr Clarke said police had been kept busy in other ways.

“Quite a lot of police have been deployed to help with the floods in Grafton and Ulmarra, which is what we normally do when there are natural disasters,” he said.

“Often police are cut off from their normal work stations so we use them on jobs in their local communities.”

He said holiday traffic management continued to be a high priority and seven extra highway patrol vehicles from the NSW traffic resources pool had arrived to assist with surveillance over the last week.

“Members of the community might have noticed an increase in the number of highway patrol vehicles on the highway. These officers also assisted with the escorting of heavy vehicles during the Grafton floods, which was greatly appreciated.”

He said in spite of police efforts to keep traffic flowing, large delays were experienced on the highway.

Two other operations running in the southern cluster of the Coffs/Clarence Command are Operation Saturation, which has been targeting repeat offenders and licensing issues around local pubs, clubs and restaurants, as well as an operation checking records of repeat offenders convicted of serious indictable offences.

Finally, good results in local traffic surveillance will see Coffs LAC featuring in a soon-to-be filmed national drink-drive campaign.

“This area features when it comes to highway fatalities because there is such a high volume of traffic passing through, both holidaymakers and locals travelling to and from work.

“At the same time we are recognised as a command with a high detection rate of drug and alcohol-affected drivers.

“This clearly indicates the deployment of our staff is effective in managing the area’s crime hot spots.”

Mr Clark said he thought the current intense drink-drive media messages were necessary to jolt people into recognising that arriving a few minutes late was nothing compared to one’s children not arriving at all.

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