BIKE-RIDING police and the force's dog squad have successfully helped put their foot and paw down on property crime across the district during a special five-day operation.
A wanted man was one of five arrests made across the district during Operation Tailwind, as officers on pushbikes as well as police dog Alpha and his handler targeted hotspots in Tamworth, Gunnedah, Wee Waa and Narrabri.
Police claim that on the second day of the operation last Tuesday, a man allegedly ran inside and armed himself with a knife when officers arrived at his Gunnedah home to speak with him.
Police entered the home a short time later and arrested the man, who they said had five outstanding warrants, before he was taken to Gunnedah Police Station and charged with a string of offences.
The allegations levelled against him relate to weapons, firearms, domestic violence and property crime, according to police.
He was refused bail in Tamworth Local Court last week and will remain behind bars as he awaits his next court date in early December.
Oxley Detective Inspector Jason Darcy told the Leader Operation Tailwind was a success and had provided "outstanding results".
He said more targeted deployments will continue in the coming months and into summer.
"The objectives were achieved and the plan was to disrupt offenders involved in property crime, which was done," he said on Monday.
He said officers involved in the operation targeted "hotspots" across the district and carried out AVO and bail compliance checks, as well as business inspections.
Four police on pushbikes were involved plus the dog squad, which travelled out from its base in Tamworth.
Officers attached to the bike unit established Operation Tailwind in 2020 to prevent, disrupt and respond to antisocial activity and to provide high visibility policing. It was carried out locally across five days last week.
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