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    Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Mark Ryan

    Police back to school for property crime operation

    Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Mark Ryan

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    Police back to school for property crime operation

    A coordinated policing operation has safeguarded Townsville schools over the Easter break.

    Police Minister Mark Ryan said the Townsville Dog Squad ran Operation Canem Shield from March 29 until today.

    “I congratulate local police for this property crime operation which coincided with the school holidays,” Mr Ryan said.

    “Unfortunately, empty schools provide an opportunity for criminal activity.”

    Member for Townsville Scott Stewart praised local police for their hard work, which was clearly demonstrated through the operation’s results.

    “Townsville Police continue to go above and beyond, and wherever I go I hear great things about our men and women in blue,” Mr Stewart said.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to backing in our frontline, more police in Townsville than ever before.”

    Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said there were more police in Townsville than ever before.

    “Our Government will further increase the number of police personnel by 535 across the state over four years, including 53 officers for Townsville,” Mr Harper said.

    “An operation such as this is important for preventing crime for the Townsville school community and I thank police for their dedication.”

    During the operation, police conducted 153 patrols in schools and recorded 36 street checks involving 46 people and 19 vehicles.

    Over this time there were 12 offences reported at educational facilities in the Townsville metropolitan area, resulting in a 50 percent reduction in enter with intent and 33 percent reduction in wilful damage offences when compared to the same period last year.

    Townsville District Officer Chief Superintendent Kevin Guteridge said the purpose of Operation Canem Shield was to deter criminal activity and locate people committing criminal offences in and around school grounds over the Easter break.

    “Members from the Townsville Dog Squad, Rapid Action and Patrols Group, Tactical Crime Squad and the Townsville divisional stations took part in the operation,” Chief Superintendent Guteridge said.

    “Officers conducted foot patrols of local school grounds and mobile patrols of streets surrounding Townsville schools.

    “Thanks to the public for their help in working with police to address property crime in the community.”

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