Nearly 400 arrests

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POLICE operation Tidal has seen nearly 400 youths arrested across Melbourne’s south-east.

Southern Metro Region Superintendent Paul Hollowood said Operation Tidal was “focused on addressing youth related offending across three major crime themes which included robberies, public order offending and vehicle crime linked to serious offending.”

“Operation Tidal also links in closely with the Southern Metro Crime Team’s Operation Pendsend which is a Youth Response Team made up of detectives who monitor at-risk youths and develop disruption and enforcement strategies. The operation commenced earlier this year in April and we’ve seen some really positive results,” he said.

“This is a strategic approach to sharing information to ensure we have an intelligence-led approach to our enforcement of youth offending in this area. We know crimes such as robberies and public order offending has been a concern to the community and Operation Tidal has been developed to specifically target these issues.

“As part of Operation Tidal, officers proactively target known hotspots in an effort to detect and deter offending. Through our highly visible presence in the community and patrols of high risk locations we’ve been very successful in identifying and arresting offenders very quickly.”

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 4 September 2019

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