A NUMBER of men and women on the run have been captured as police swoop through town in a targeted operation to get them off the streets.
Tamworth Target Action Group officers have honed in on a list of those most wanted, searching various locations in a bid to arrest them.
The operation, which is in its early stages, has seen offenders wanted for a string of crimes captured, bail refused and marched back to court.
Acting Inspector Geoff Sharpe said unfortunately there were still some people working against police to harbour these criminals.
“These people are being assisted by family members and community members, which makes the job even harder,” he said.
“Police are using various investigative methods to track these people down to put them back before the court.”
TAG officers pounced on four people in a matter of days, he said.
“They include conviction warrants, fail-to-appear warrants at court, and warrants for offences for which they haven’t yet been charged. This investigation is fairly extensive and involves attending numerous addresses within Tamworth and following up on leads about where the suspects are residing.”
The operation is far from over.
“There are numerous other persons who are being targeted by TAG officers across the Oxley command for outstanding warrants,” Acting Inspector Sharpe said.
Police said offenders were covering their tracks in a bid to outrun police, but Acting Inspector Sharpe said TAG officers were committed to capturing them.
“A lot of the offenders know they are wanted so they are actively avoiding police,” he said.
“You start at one address and someone might say they moved out last week over to South to whatever street, so we’re following a number of leads.
“Obviously if anyone has information on people wanted by police, we would be asking them to ring police on 6768 2999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”
The operation is ongoing.