ACT Policing has made 188 arrests during Operation Avert, a three month coordinated effort dedicated to cracking down on people with outstanding warrants.
During the weekend of 19-21 October, ACT Policing conducted a high visibility operation and visited approximately 300 residences across the ACT and Queanbeyan area.
As a result, police arrested 22 people in the ACT and two in Queanbeyan for offences ranging from minor theft, burglary, aggravated robbery and threat to kill.
The three day operation wrapped up a three month crackdown, in which ACT Policing sent reminder letters to people with outstanding warrants, asking them to attend a police station to have their matter resolved.
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A total of 188 people were arrested, with an additional 170 people with outstanding warrants contacting ACT Policing from across Australia. These 170 warrants are being reviewed by police, with the hope of resolving these matters.
Judicial Operations Acting Superintendent Donna Hofmeier said Operation Avert had proved successful for ACT Policing.
“Operation Avert represented a concerted effort to track down those persons wanted by police, either on outstanding warrants or for breaching their bail,” Acting Superintendent Hofmeier said.
“Results like these send a very clear message that no matter how hard you try to hide and avoid police, we will catch up with you sooner or later.”
“We encourage any persons that might have an outstanding warrant to contact police to have the matter resolved, and for anyone who may be aware of the location of someone who might be avoiding arrest for an outstanding warrant to report this information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”