NSW to follow Qld in targeting criminal gangs

POLICE tackling organised criminal gangs in New South Wales will have more resources at their disposal, after a new taskforce was announced in Sydney on Friday.

The new initiative was part of the National Anti-Gang Squad, Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan said.

And it will rely on crucial information sharing between the state police, Australian Federal Police, tax office and the Australian Crime Commission.

Of more than 70 anti-gang officers in the federal taskforce, six new officers would be part of the taskforce working alongside NSW Police.

Police commissioner Andrew Scipione said those officers were in addition to about 250 officers in the state force focussed on organised criminals.

NSW Police Minister Mike Gallagher said the new taskforce meant all police forces were taking a "gloves off" approach to crime around the nation.

Mr Keenan said the NSW taskforce came after similar taskforces were launched in Queensland and Victoria, with officers also working in other states and territories.

He said the national approach to organised crime was "unprecedented" and would focus on sharing information across all areas to tackle gangs crossing borders to avoid interrogation.


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