News from NZ Police
Police are pleased with the public response to Operation Unification, a two week campaign encouraging the reporting of suspicious behaviour involving firearms including guns in the possession of unlicensed holders.
Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess said Police have received valuable intelligence through the usual reporting channels and via the anonymous Crimestoppers phone line.
“It is clear that by harnessing the anonymous Crimestoppers service we have been given information that we may not have discovered through our standard reporting channels.
“We have received tips about unlicensed gun owners, hunting rifles owned by people who do not hunt and warnings about elderly people who may not be aware of how to keep their guns secure.
“Police have also received several tips about individuals who own guns and are alleged to be involved in the illegal drug trade.”
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Mr Burgess said a recent Wellington District operation showed again that too many guns are in the hands of organised criminal groups.
“The termination of Operation Python in the Wellington District reinforced our belief that the possession of unlicensed guns and the drug trade are closely linked.”
The operation recovered $20,000 worth of methamphetamine, a significant haul of stolen property, six guns, nine swords, three replica guns and an air pistol.
Operation Unification runs until Saturday, You can report any suspicious activity involving guns to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111, or by contacting your local police station.
“If you know weapons are in the hands of people without a license, we encourage you to report it for the safety of all those around you,” Mr Burgess said.