Crime Stoppers launched the Queanbeyan Dob in a Dealer campaign today at Queanbeyan Park. Designed to help stop the rise of methamphetamine (ICE) activity across Australia, Dob in a Dealer is a government funded national campaign being implemented by Crime Stoppers. It is based on the highly successful Crime Stoppers Victoria 2015 initiative, piloted in a number of regional and remote centres, which resulted in a 155% increase in community information reports concerning ICE.
“We know that drugs such as ICE are of serious concern to the community. Queanbeyan is well aware of the devastating effects of ICE so we are asking all residents to help put a stop to the flow of drugs. Halting the spread of ICE requires a whole-of-community response and the Dob in a Dealer campaign is specifically aimed at stopping the manufacture and supply of drugs,” says Crime Stoppers Australia Chairman, Bryan Roach.
“We hope this campaign will promote increased information reporting from the public. Every piece of information helps and will improve opportunities for police to target and arrest those criminals and organised crime gangs responsible for distributing ICE in and around Queanbeyan,” he explained.
Crime Stoppers representatives in every State and Territory will be working with community leaders and Police over the next few months seeking information from the public on those they suspect are involved in the manufacture, trafficking and supply of ICE and other illicit drugs.
Monaro Local Area Commander, Detective Superintendent Rod Smith, also urged the community to get behind Dob in a Dealer and stem the flow of illicit drugs in the community.
“This campaign is about mobilising members of the public in the continued fight against ‘ice’ in our community,” Detective Superintendent Smith said.
Crime Stoppers is committed to working with NSW Police, ACT Policing, the media and local residents to gather information anonymously, which will help keep our community safe, reduce drug supply and drug related crimes.
“Time and time again, we see the devastating impact prohibited drugs can have, not only on those who choose to consume them, but also on their family, friends and the wider community. Recent crime statistics – in both regional and metropolitan areas – show the record increase of amphetamine-related offences. NSW Police is committed to tackling this scourge head-on, but we need your help. Don’t underestimate the valuable contribution you can make through a simple call to Crime Stoppers. What you know could be the key to shutting down a dangerous drug house in your neighbourhood and making our community a safer place for everyone to enjoy,” Detective Superintendent Smith concluded.
If you think you have information about someone in your local community who is manufacturing or supplying illicit drugs, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at act.crimestoppers.com.au. You can remain anonymous.
If you or someone you know is affected by drug use or addiction, please contact support services such as Queanbeyan Drug and Alcohol Services on 1800 809 423.