Police column: Parkes officers targeting online scams and fraud offences | Parkes Champion-Post | #socialmedia


In a new, monthly column, officers from Central West Police District will outline the major issues the community has faced recently and explain their processes behind keeping people in the Parkes area safe.

Parkes officers continue to focus on alcohol-related assaults and antisocial behaviour.

Throughout May, police have made several arrests and issued infringement notices for offensive conduct in a public place which includes fighting, malicious damage and failing to quit licensed premises.

Officers are maintaining a high profile around the CBD area where the majority of these incidents are occurring.

Internet and social media-based frauds continue to be reported to police in the Parkes and surrounding areas.

Typically, such incidents may be the offering of goods for sale on various social media sites leading to the electronic transfer of monies by victims with no goods being received in exchange.

Police urge caution when engaging in such agreements and regularly post details of the latest ‘scams’ on the NSW Police website.

Residents of Trundle may have noticed the presence of a Mobile Command Post (bus) recently.

The vehicle has various uses for officers attached to the Central West Police District, and has most recently been used at community meetings and other engagements.

Planning is underway for the upcoming Parkes Picnic Races to be held on Saturday, June 12 , 2021.

The public can expect to see an increased police presence during the event to make sure it is safe and enjoyable for everyone attending.

Operation TRANCE was also conducted between Thursday and Sunday, May 6 to 9, targeting offenders in the Central West Police District and extending to nearby towns.

The high-visibility operation focused on drivers’ behaviour on main, arterial highways, secondary thoroughfares and back roads, as well as patrolling known crime hotspots in the local towns to prevent and disrupt criminal behaviour.

An additional 12 Highway Patrol vehicles were deployed to the area during the operation, resulting in 12 charges for traffic, criminal and bail offences.

Police issued 296 traffic infringements notices, one criminal infringement notice, 20 defect notices and two move-along directions.

Officers detected two drink driving offences, nine positive drug tests and issued one suspension notice for a speeding offence.

Highway Patrol officers provided additional resources to curb anti-social behaviour and ensured community safety, it was a good collaboration between Central West PD and the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.

Further operations of this nature are planned during 2021.

  • Chief Inspector David Harvey (human resource/operations) has been a member of the NSW Police Force for 35 years and has been based in Western NSW for 28 years. He has been in his current position for 11 years.
  • Chief Inspector Scott Rayner is the officer in charge of Parkes and Peak Hill. He has long-been a member of the NSW Police Force and has been based in Western NSW for 35 years. He has been based in Parkes for more than 11 years, and has been in his current position for eight months.





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