Police launch assault on 'anti-social' bus passengers


A flood of arrests were made on New South Wales buses at the weekend as part of a police campaign to bolster enforcement on public transport


May 14, 2012

A flood of arrests
were made on New South Wales buses
at the weekend as part of a police campaign to bolster enforcement on public transport.

According to police, plain clothes and uniformed officers saturated buses, trains and ferries, arresting 42 passengers during the
Public Transport Command (PTC) operation.

Police involved in the ‘intelligence-based’ operation conducted random breath tests, searched 250 passengers, issued 143 move-on directions and gave official cautions to 78 people, including seven juveniles.

A
drug dog was also used resulting in the search of 69 passengers, the alleged seizure of amphetamines and prescription medication, and the issuing of eight cannabis caution notices.

Police Transport Command Detective Superintendent Bernie Ryan says the operation was a success.

"This operation is the first major assault by the PTC in what will be a concerted campaign to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour on New South Wales’ trains, buses and ferries," Ryan says.

"We will continue to use intelligence available to us to effectively deploy police to trouble spots to drive down crime and the fear of crime."

Police patrolled railway stations, bus interchanges and wharves, as well as hundreds of train, bus and ferry services across Sydney, the Blue Mountains, and Hunter and Illawarra regions.

PTC was launched on May 1 to
target anti-social behaviour with
an increased police presence on NSW public transport.

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