Sunday, July 21, 2024

New Southern District police boss to target youth crime


Tasmania’s Southern District police region has a new Commander, with Jason Elmer appointed to the role this week.

Commander Elmer will lead a team of 11 inspectors in Southern District and says youth crime will be a focus.

“While the vast majority of us are law abiding citizens, there is a small number of offenders who continue to do the wrong thing,” Commander Elmer said following his appointment.

“Recent data shows that while there has been a decline in youth offending over the past 10 years, we are currently experiencing an increase in youth crime.

“Tasmania Police is concerned about this, particularly relating to repeat youth offenders.

“Our community deserves to feel safe at home, out in public and in their workplaces.”

He said he would be working closely with other agencies and utilising specific police tactics to deal with recidivist youth offenders, as well as deploying high visibility policing teams to target repeat youth offenders in CBD areas.

“For example, in Hobart CBD, we have a dedicated taskforce deployed daily to deal with anti-social behaviour and other offences.”

“We are targeting anti-social behaviour of these repeat youth offenders and where appropriate, necessary and authorised by law we are charging them and bringing them before a Magistrate.”

Commander Elmer said police were committed to protecting the community and local businesses and detecting and preventing anti-social and unlawful behaviour.

“We need the community’s help to get the message to those people that choose to do the wrong thing – anti-social and unlawful behaviours will not be tolerated – everyone has the right to be safe in our community,” he said.

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