Federal Member for Forrest, Nola Marino, has welcomed a further one million dollar funding commitment by the Turnbull Government to continue the national Dob in a Dealer campaign run by Crime Stoppers Australia, benefitting communities across the south west region.
One million dollars will be provided from assets confiscated as proceeds of crime, meaning the program will be funded by money that was once destined to line the pockets of our most serious criminals.
Ms Marino said Dob in a Dealer is a call to action to provide Crime Stoppers with information to assist law enforcement disrupt the import, manufacture and supply of ice and other harmful illicit drugs.
“I encourage people in the south west to anonymously contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppers.com.au to ‘dob in’ people in our communities who are profiting from dealing illicit drugs,” Ms Marino said.
“Drugs such as ice are having a devastating impact in our local communities.
“The Police need help from our community. We can play a strong part in undermining the criminal business models operating locally,” Ms Marino said.
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 Western Australia, Crime Stoppers saw a 49 per cent increase in drug-related information reports and a 57 per cent increase in amphetamine-related information reports thanks to the Dob in a Dealer campaign.
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 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.