MURRUMBIDGEE police will have a laser focus on crime, particularly when it comes to domestic violence offences this year.
The Murrumbidgee Police District has outlined its priorities for the year ahead, putting residents on notice that domestic violence of any kind will not be tolerated.
"Over all the residents in the MIA were reasonably well behaved over the Christmas and New Year festivities, although, there were some alcohol-fuelled domestic violence issues, alcohol-fuelled assaults, anti-social behaviour and drink/drug driving detection," Murrumbidgee Police District Sergeant Mary-Frances Fede said.
Domestic violence is not only a priority in the Murrumbidgee region, but also across the state by NSW police and the state government.
Sergeant Fede said there would be a strong and consistent response across all levels to ensure the safety of victims and holding the offenders to account.
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"In relation to alcohol-related crime, it is our aim to significantly reduce alcohol-related crime that leads to assaults, domestic violence and street offences," she said.
"There needs to be a greater emphasis on prevention and personal responsibility and the awareness about the consequences of harmful alcohol consumption and alcohol abuse.
"In relation to drink driving/traffic offences, the public need to be reminded that there is a strong presence of police out there who focus on specific traffic operations as well as drink and drug driving, speeding and all other traffic offences."
These are some of the key areas officers throughout the Murrumbidgee Police District, including Leeton and Griffith will be focusing on this year.
Sergeant Fede said the work of police was done in conjunction with the community, saying it was essential for residents to report crimes as they happen.
Of course, as the pandemic continues to go on, that too will be something police keep an eye on.
"Another key area is all the changing COVID restrictions that affect our community," Sergeant Fede said.
"Keeping up-to-date with the changes and implementing these to protect themselves and others would be beneficial for them and the community."