NSW police launch organised crime taskforce following Sydney shootings

By Anna Macdonald

Tuesday May 17, 2022

Darren Bennett
NSW Police detective chief superintendent Darren Bennett. (AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi)

In response to several fatal shootings of underworld crime figures in Sydney, the NSW Police has launched a taskforce to investigate organised crime.

Taskforce Erebus, led by State Crime Command (SCC), has been tasked with investigating known inter-gang conflict.

“These public acts of violence are dangerous and while they are targeted – regardless of who the victim is – it will not be tolerated. It only takes one stray bullet to injure or kill an innocent person.

“As such, police will not back down; we will continue to target anyone who shows a blatant disregard for community safety,” SCC assistant commissioner Mick Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald added the task force will involve collaboration across the police force from various departments, including ongoing investigations.

“It will involve coordinating the inquiries of detectives and intelligence analysts with expertise across various disciplines including homicide, organised crime, financial and cybercrimes, and criminal groups, networks and their associates,” Fitzgerald said. 

The commissioner mentioned the task force will also receive federal support from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and the Australian Federal Police, as well as the NSW Crime Commission. 

Fitzgerald listed South West Metropolitan Region, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Police Transport and Public Safety Command, the Forensic Evidence and Technical Services Command, Digital Technology and Innovation, and the Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command as other organisations the taskforce would be supported by.

SCC director of crime operations, detective chief superintendent Darren Bennett urged members of the public to call Crimestoppers if they have tips on organised crime.

“When it comes to organised crime, investigators are up against a wall of silence – those connected to the victims, whether by blood, marriage or as an associate – are often unwilling to assist police, due to either misguided loyalties or fear of retribution,” Bennett said.

“In order to bring these criminals to justice, we need evidence to put them before the court, and that’s where the community can help.” 

Bennett continued to say covert operations had been successful but the details have not been made public. 


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