27 July 2018

Dob in a Dealer Campaign for Wide Bay
Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien MP has welcomed a further $1 million funding commitment by the Coalition Government to continue the national Dob in a Dealer campaign run by Crime Stoppers Australia, benefitting communities across Wide Bay.

The program is funded from the proceeds of crime, money that was destined to line the pockets of our most serious criminals.
 
“Dob in a Dealer is a call to action to Wide Bay communities to provide Crime Stoppers with information to assist law enforcement in disrupting the import, manufacture and supply of ice and other harmful illicit drugs,” Mr O’Brien said.
 
“I encourage Wide Bay residents to anonymously contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppers.com.au to ‘dob in’ those people profiting from the use of illicit drugs in our community.
 
“Drugs such as ice have a devastating impact on local communities. 
 
“The Coalition Government recognises that police can’t fight this on their own, and that our community can play a strong part to undermine and disrupt any criminal business models operating in local areas,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Coaliton Government is taking a comprehensive approach to combat illicit drugs, involving education to reduce demand, rehabilitation to support those affected by drugs, and the blocking of supply chains.”
 
The last Dob in a Dealer campaign, which ran between February 2016 and March 2017, saw an average national increase of 95 per cent in drug-related information reports, including an increase of 143 per cent in the number of amphetamine-related reports from the public.
 
During 2016 in Queensland, Crime Stoppers received more than 17,000 drug-related information reports, including more than 5200 amphetamine-related reports. This led to more than 600 arrests and the seizure of more than $1 million worth of drugs.
 
Dob in a Dealer builds on the work this Government is already doing to address the impact of drug and alcohol misuse in our communities through an investment of more than $685 million over four years, and the establishment of the National Ice Taskforce.
 
If you have any information about someone who is manufacturing or dealing drugs, you can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppers.com.au. You can remain anonymous. 
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