AN ARMIDALE man has been slapped with a firearms prohibition order and will be subject to random searches by police.
Detectives and the Target Action Group (TAG) issued the 23-year-old with the FPO and raided his Donnelly Street home about 2pm on Wednesday afternoon.
The FPO – which is granted by the force – gives police the powers to search the target, his car and house randomly without a search warrant.
New England Detective Sergeant Matt Crotty made no apologies for the tough police stance and told Fairfax Media the FPO is a special power allowing police to “search a target deemed unfit to possess a gun without a warrant”.
We will do everything in our power and use any resource we can to stamp out the use of illegal firearms in our community.New England Detective Sergeant Matt Crotty
“Firearms in the wrong hands is a major concern for police and we will do everything in our power and use any resource we can to stamp out the use of illegal firearms in our community,” he said on Thursday.
“We will crack down hard on any firearm-related activity and we will act on any information that could jeopardise community safety.”
No firearms were found during the raid and the FPO is not a criminal offence, rather it is based on police intelligence.