Strike Force Osprey launched to investigate fatal shootings

18 Nov 2016 03:16 0
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NSW Police has annoucned a new strike force to oversee a number of ongoing investigations into fatal shootings across Sydney in recent months.

Strike Force Osprey, will be led by the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad and will oversee a number of ongoing investigations into fatal shootings.

Homicide Squad detectives will be bolstered by specialist officers from across the State Crime Command and NSW Police Force, as investigations continue.

The Strike Force will be examining eight fatal shootings in Sydney over the last 18 months.

NSW Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Frank Mennilli said the reckless, violent behaviour of those involved is of very serious concern to the NSW Police and will not be tolerated.

“Although these are targeted shootings, regardless of who the victim is – it is unacceptable. It only takes one bullet to injure or kill an innocent person,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Mennilli said.

“The recent shootings also reflect the greater ongoing challenges of organised crime and the role of illegal firearms.

“For as long as there are illegal guns in our community, we have to anticipate there will be people willing to use them,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Mennilli said.

“The safety and well being of the wider, law-abiding community remains our number one priority so we need to get those guns off the streets.

“Every single time we remove guns and ammunition from the street, the community benefits,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Mennilli said.

“I can assure the community that our most experienced police are working together under Strike Force Osprey to bring about a swift resolution in response to these violent crimes.”

State Crime Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mark Jenkins, said it’s too early to determine specific links between the shootings; however, that remains a key focus of the ongoing investigations.

“We know the victims in these crimes associated in similar circles so our task is to examine how those connections relate to the shootings, and possible motivations,” Assistant Commissioner Jenkins said.

Strike Force detectives are urging the community, if they have information that could assist police in their investigations, to come forward.

“Investigators are constantly up against a wall of silence – those connected to the victims or their associates are often unwilling to assist police, due to either misguided loyalties or fear of retribution,” Assistant Commissioner Jenkins said.

“In order to bring those responsible for these shootings to justice we must gather evidence and put them before the court, and that’s why we need your help.

“If you know something, say something. It only takes a moment to make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers and what you know could make an enormous difference.”

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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