19 March 2024

Raptor Squad leads major police operation in Batemans Bay to disrupt local crime

| Albert McKnight
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A major police operation is currently underway in Batemans Bay.

A major police operation is currently underway in Batemans Bay. Photo: Supplied.

NSW Police have begun a major operation in the South Coast town of Batemans Bay, although the details of it will be kept under wraps until later this week.

Officers had been spotted converging in the area around Catalina Club Batemans Bay on Tuesday (19 March).

When approached for comment, a police spokesperson said the State Crime Command’s Batemans Bay ‘surge’ was a multi-faceted operation led by the Raptor Squad in a bid to target, disrupt and prevent localised crime in the town and its surrounds.

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The operation will run from Monday to Thursday (18-21 March) and involve the deployment of over 60 officers from State Crime Command’s squads.

These officers travelled to the South Coast to work with local police and specialised resources, including PolAir and Traffic and Highway Patrol.

“More information, including results from the surge operation, will be available at a later date,” the spokesperson said.

Strike Force Raptor, which went on to become the Raptor Squad, targets groups and individuals who commit serious and organised crime, particularly those with a propensity for violence.

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Part of its work involves focusing on disrupting outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCGs).

Early last year, NSW Police announced Raptor South would have a permanent base in the Illawarra.

At the time, it was estimated that there were 300 members of OMCGs – such as the Comancheros, Finks and Bandidos – in Southern NSW.

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Dr Hein Vandenbergh4:17 pm 20 Mar 24

Unlike for e.g. an Easter road safety blitz, announcing this kind of anti-crime operation well in advance seems a little unwise. It semaphores to the criminal element that they should lie low for a while, rather defeating its purpose. They’ll all pop-up and recommence their nefarious activities on Friday, after the telegraphed last day of this increased police presence. Good luck, folks!

cannedbeeria10:12 pm 21 Mar 24

Dunno where, but I did hear the arrest toll was up to 8?
I guess we’ll know soon enough.

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