NSW’s most dangerous domestic violence offenders targeted during Operation Amarok II
Minister for Police and Counter-terrorism Yasmin Catley and NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb announced the results of successful anti-domestic violence operation, Amarok II, today at Sydney Police Centre in Surry Hills.
Ms Catley, said some of the state’s most dangerous domestic violence offenders have been targeted, and 644 people charged with serious offences, as part of a 4-day operation across NSW.
“The NSW Government will continue to support a wider strategy to address domestic violence so that anyone who commits these crimes can expect police to come knocking,” Ms Catley said.
“The statistics following Amarok II speak for themselves – 644 arrested and charged with serious offences – and show that police are making a difference every day to address the complex issue of domestic violence.
“The NSW Government will support police to address domestic violence from all angles – from victim support, diverse reporting options and educating the public, to operations such as Amarok which target the most violent offenders,” Ms Catley said.
Operation Amarok II, an intelligence-based policing strategy led by each region’s Domestic Violence High-Risk Offender Teams (DVHROT), ran from Wednesday (19 April 2023) to Saturday (22 April 2023) and involved officers from all police area commands and police districts in NSW, as well as various proactive and specialist units.
NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb said reducing the risk of harm to victims remains a key organisational priority.
“Perpetrators are on notice; the Amarok arm of our strategy focuses on them, including assessing their intent, their capability to inflict harm and the access they have to their current or future victims,” Commissioner Webb said.
“We will continue proactive Amarok deployments, along with the use of a sophisticated suite of strategies, to target dangerous domestic violence offending and protect our communities.”
Operation Amarok II details
- The state’s most dangerous domestic violence offenders have been targeted as part of a 4-day high-impact operation across NSW.
- Operation Amarok II, an intelligence-based policing strategy led by each region’s Domestic Violence High-Risk Offender Teams (DVHROT), ran from Wednesday (19 April 2023) to Saturday (22 April 2023) and involved officers from all police area commands and police districts in NSW, as well as various proactive and specialist units.
- During the operation, 644 people were arrested, and in addition to domestic violence-related offences, various other serious offences were detected, including prohibited firearm and weapon possession, drug possession and supply, with a total of 1108 charges laid.
- Of those arrested, 314 were identified amongst NSW’s most dangerous domestic violence offenders and 164 of those had outstanding warrants for violent offences.
- Over the 4 days, police engaged with high-risk domestic violence offenders on 1262 occasions, made 326 applications for Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs), served 460 outstanding ADVOs, completed 4949 ADVO compliance checks and 1633 bail compliance checks.
- Officers also applied for and served 45 new Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPOs) and conducted 145 searches at properties linked to those who are subject to FPOs.
- In total, police seized 23 firearms and 45 prohibited weapons, as well as various types of illicit drugs located with 121 detections.
More information and support
- Information about the NSW Police Force response to domestic and family violence, can be found on the NSW Police website.
- Victims of domestic and family violence can find information about support services by contacting 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visiting the 1800RESPECT website.
- Reports of domestic and family-related crime or abuse can be made by contacting or attending your local police station. In an emergency, contact Triple Zero (000).
- Anyone with information relating to domestic and family-related violence is urged to contact Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000) or visit the Crime Stoppers website. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.