NSW Police is continuing its compliance activities across the state in response to the expansion of COVID-19 restrictions.

General duties police are out in force undertaking high visibility patrols to ensure the community is educated and complies with the new requirements of the public health orders, particularly in metropolitan areas.

As reported in The Courier recently, local police have also been kept busy with patrols in the Narrabri police district.

Across the state, specialist officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Police Transport Command and the Police Mounted Unit will patrol roadways and transport hubs, in support of local policing efforts to maximise compliance.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the policing response has been commensurate to the severity of the risk of the virus spreading.

“I share the community’s disgust in the selfish behaviour of a small minority of people, who wilfully continue to flout the public health orders,” he said.

“We are nearly 19 months into the pandemic, police will be undertaking compliance activities with a strong focus on identifying non-compliance with the orders.

“We have seen the devastating effects that some countries have had to deal with since the start of this pandemic. I know these restrictions are tough and certainly unprecedented in Australia, but we need to remember that this is a global pandemic.”

NSW Police will also continue to conduct business inspections and focus on compliance with QR code requirements.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

Information is treated in strict confidence.

The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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