FIVE PEOPLE have been charged following a high-visibility Police operation targeting crime on the public transport network.
More than 100 officers from Police Transport and Public Safety Command saturated Sydney’s south-west on Thursday.
The operation focused on public transport and transport hubs throughout the city’s south-west, and also areas throughout the state’s south, such as Wollongong and Wagga Wagga.
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During the operation, police charged five people with a range of offences, including possess prohibited drug, and possession of a knife if a public place.
One man, aged 32, was searched at Cabramatta Railway Station and a flick knife was allegedly located in his possession.
52 people were searched, with 229 infringement notices handed out for a range of offences.
Commander of Police Transport and Public Safety Command South-West, Superintendent Michael Rochester, said the operation is about making public transport as safe as possible.
“Just last month we saw one of our colleagues stabbed in an unprovoked attack at Central Railway Station, which demonstrates the sorts of dangers police face every day as they work to make the community safer,” Supt Rochester said.
“The incident has only strengthened our resolve to get out there and not take a backward step as we get these knives and drugs off the street and off the public transport network.
“Expect to continue seeing police at these locations and throughout the state as more operations are expected.”