Blainey Woodham

Tweed police in state-wide crime crackdown

TWEED police were involved in a state-wide operation which resulted in 13 arrests.

Operation Avert 11 began on Friday at and wrapped up midnight Sunday.

The high-visibility operation was developed to detect offenders wanted on outstanding warrants, including those linked to unsolved crimes by fingerprint and DNA evidence, and bail and parole compliance.

Over the three days, police conducted 3243 arrest-warrant inquiries, 1903 bail compliance visits and 195 DNA/fingerprint inquiries.

Tweed/Byron crime manager Brendon Cullen said 13 people were arrested with 19 charges laid in the Tweed.

"We checked on 22 arrest warrants which resulted in three arrests," he said.

"There were 20 bail compliance checks."

Police also conducted 91 random breath tests with eight coming back positive for drink driving.

The operation involved more than 3600 police officers from 80 Local Area Commands and a number of specialist commands, including Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Police Transport Command.

A total of 726 people were arrested and charged with 940 offences, including break and enter, stealing, malicious damage, robbery, breach of bail and traffic offences. In addition, officers issued 110 criminal infringement notices.