NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has requested the support of 300 Australian Defence Force personnel as a major crackdown on lockdown rule breakers gets underway.
The New South Wales Police Force has requested the support of 300 Australian Defence Force personnel to assist with their compliance operation during Greater Sydney's lockdown.
A joint-statement released by the NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller and Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott noted officers would be"significantly expanding its enforcement activities in Sydney" and the ADF personnel were needed to boost the operational footprint of police.
"With an increase in enforcement activity over the coming week, I have now made a formal request to the Prime Minister for ADF personnel to assist with that operation," Mr Fuller said. He said ADF personnel had been crucial in supporting the efforts of NSW Police during the pandemic.
"The assistance of the ADF has been essential over the past 18 months - particularly during last year's border operation, the ongoing hotel quarantine operation and the assistance provided with logistics support in the Police Operations Centre," he said. headtopics.com
Mr Elliott supported the request for assistance. "As I have said previously, support from the army will add another line of defence to the NSW government's crackdown on COVID-19 compliance," he said."This will be a functional, effective and dynamic team to fight this pandemic."
Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell said bringing in the ADF was an"obvious step" to ensure residents are complying with public health orders, as Greater Sydney enters its second month of lockdown."My understanding is they’ll be used throughout the metropolitan Sydney area and particularly in the eight local government areas of most concern which have the tighter rules now," he said.
"This has all happened pretty quickly although we've been foreshadowing it for days. After a while, with some of these things, there's only one way governments can go and we see that there will be increase in compliance from police."It seems a rather obvious step when you've got thousands of close contacts isolating – they need to be checked on."
NSW reported a horror 239 cases on Thursday - a record number since the Delta outbreak began - as people have continued to flout lockdown rules.Crime Stoppers received more than 15,000 calls and reports providing information following last weekend's illegal protest. headtopics.com
"Police made it clear from the start they want to educate - not fine - members of the community but the 15,000 calls to Crime Stoppers is a clear message to the Government that the community expects action," Mr Elliott told reporters."The time for warnings is over. I know 99 per cent of the population are furious with the minority who continue to disregard the health orders and put the safety and livelihoods of families at risk."
Police now have the power to shut down businesses, construction sites and public premises where there is a risk to public health.More Coverage'The time for warnings is over': NSW Police clamp down on non-complianceThe penalty for not wearing a face mask where required will be increased from $200 to $500.
"The powers particularly will focus on those people who are not doing the right thing. The power for me to close premises and public places will focus on the businesses who are doing the wrong thing," Mr Fuller said. Read more: Sky News Australia »
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Holy shit, you guys have gone FULL Nazi. Morons feeding morons , sky bei Macht business model The day Australia died. Watch the numbers rise. NSW Gestapo Commissioner Mick (no blood on my hands) Fuller has demanded the support of 300 Australian Defence Force grunts as a major crackdown on lockdown rule agitators and dissidents gets underway. fixed it welcome to nazi germany folks
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