Canberrans are being encouraged to report illegal activity by outlaw motorcycle gangs to Crimestoppers with a new campaign launched by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, ACT Chief Police Officer, Rudi Lammers, and the ACT Chairman of Crime Stoppers Australia, Bryan Roach
The awareness Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCGs) Awareness Rewards campaign is in support of ACT Policing’s Taskforce Nemesis.
Mr Corbell said that while the level of activity by outlaw motorcycle gangs was low in the ACT, Canberra was not immune to the influence or activity of these gangs.
“The ACT Government, along with ACT Policing, is committed to ensuring OMCG-related activity remains low in Canberra with a whole-of-government approach being undertaken. This means taking an aggressive approach to combating the potential threats caused by illegal OMCG activity in the ACT.”
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“Through the dedicated team of investigators, which forms Taskforce Nemesis, ACT Policing will actively target people who choose to engage with criminals groups and get involved in criminal activity.”
Taskforce Nemesis, launched on 1 August 2014, is a dedicated team within ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations to track, disrupt and arrest those members of outlaw motorcycle gangs involved in criminal activities such as drug trafficking, illegal firearms, money laundering, threatening behaviour, acts of violence, extortion and corruption. Taskforce Nemesis is an extension of a team that has existed for several years within ACT Policing to target serious and organised crime within the territory.
The three-month Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Awareness Rewards campaign calls on Canberrans to support the police effort as, like any form of criminal behaviour, police rely on information from the public to assist in keeping our city safe.
Information received by Crime Stoppers throughout the campaign will be investigated by Taskforce Nemesis. Increased rewards of up to $2,000 are available for reports that lead to successful prosecutions involving criminal gangs, or the recovery of weapons or drugs connected to criminal gang activity.
Taskforce Nemesis dovetails with Australia’s multi-agency task force, Operation Morpheus, created by the Serious and Organised Crime Coordination Committee (SOCCC) to target OMCGs nationally.
The campaign urges the public to report information about OMCG involvement in the sex industry, security industry, illicit drugs, firearms, extortion and money laundering through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at https://act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.
(Simon Corbell Media Release)