Police ramp up their presence at New Norfolk

TASMANIA Police has promised an increased presence at New Norfolk and kicked it off with a high-visibility traffic operation on Hobart Rd last night, conducted by officers from New Norfolk and Bridgewater. Inspector Marco Ghedini of Bridgewater police said future operations would not only focus on road safety.

“The community can expect to see an increased police presence with a strong proactive focus on a range of activities,” Inspector Ghedini said. “These operations will continue at random times during the day and at night within the New Norfolk and Bridgewater municipalities to keep our communities safe.”

The increased police presence follows concerns expressed by New Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch about anti-social behaviour in the town. Derwent Valley Council mayor Michelle Dracoulis yesterday told the Sunday Tasmanian newspaper that groups of young people were assaulting, abusing and threatening staff and customers at several New Norfolk businesses.

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One Comment

  1. What did this actually do to address the ongoing crime in the actual township? Pulling over cars is another subject altogether for another time. We need 24/7 policing in the streets where police are visible and catching the thieves and present to act ASAP on callouts and burglaries etc. As it stands, the recidivists know that they stand little chance of being caught in the act simply because of the unmanned police station. They pick their times. More and more thefts, intimidation and overall disregard to shoppers (verbal threats and abuse) and retailers is on the increase and it would be more reassuring to know that if reported the police could be on the scene in a few minutes. It would make such a difference if we had a connection with the police all the time, not just on a part time basis. Otherwise why build a big new building? Makes little sense.

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