Police Transport and Public Safety Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Tony Cooke is calling on commuters to be their "eyes and ears" after almost 100 people were arrested during a two-day proactive police operation, targeting anti-social behaviour and weapons offences across Sydney's public transport network.
Operation Colossus had officers from the Police Transport Command, the Aviation Command, the Dog and Mounted Command, the Marine Area Command and local police deployed across the public transport network on Thursday and Friday including in Fairfield and Liverpool.
During the high visibility operation, officers arrested 97 people for a wide range of offences including affray, knife and prohibited weapon offences, possess prohibited drugs, malicious damage, outstanding warrants, and breaches of bail.
In total, police conducted 393 searches resulting in 16 detections of prohibited weapons and 38 drug detections. Officers also issued 221 infringement notices and moved-on 331 people.
Incidents of note during Operation Colossus included:
- Officers patrolling Cabramatta CBD stopped and spoke with a man and woman on John Street about 7.30pm on Thursday. Police conducted checks before searching the pair and located 27 keys in the woman's bag - with only two belonging to her. The 30-year-old woman was charged with possessing housebreaking implements and goods in personal custody suspected being stolen. She was refused bail and appeared at Liverpool Local Court, where she was granted bail to reappear at the same court on Wednesday, September 2
- A 15-year-old boy was arrested and charged after allegedly assaulting two other teenagers and stealing property at Fairfield Railway Station on Thursday, August 27. He was refused bail and will next appear at a children's court on Friday, October 9.
- Police stopped a man at Fairfield Railway Station about 4.30pm on Friday, who they believed was wanted. After checks revealed the 37-year-old man had an outstanding conviction warrant for a drug offence, he was arrested. During a subsequent search, police seized 30 buprenorphine strips and ice. The man was charged with the outstanding warrant, supplying a prohibited drug and two counts of possessing a prohibited drug. He was refused bail and appeared at Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Cooke, said officers should be able to carry out their duties without being assaulted.
"The kind of behaviour is not tolerated by us or commuters trying to get to and from their destination," he said.
"It doesn't matter where you are in NSW, whether you're using public transport and travelling by bus, train or ferry - you deserve to feel safe.
"Our officers regularly patrol these areas to take action against those who put the community's safety at risk; however, we do continue to call on commuters to be our eyes and ears.
"If you see any anti-social behaviour or anything suspicious, we urge people to come forward and contact police so we can take the appropriate action."
Anyone with information about anti-social behaviour on the public transport network is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.