Firearms targeted


Operation Talon: The hunt is on for more weapons caches. Police say the more guns taken off the streets, the less gun-related crime will happen.

Operation Talon: The hunt is on for more weapons caches. Police say the more guns taken off the streets, the less gun-related crime will happen.

OPERATION Talon combines NSW Police resources against gun-related crime in the greater Sydney area.

After drive-bys and other shootings, mainly in western Sydney, Talon was launched in August 2013.

"We studied and analysed the approach of previous gun crime operations, before highlighting what worked well and identifying what we needed to do differently in the current environment," a police spokesman said.

"Operation Talon is driven by a centralised group of intelligence officers and analysts, who download and examine all of the latest data, trends and information concerning gun crime in Sydney.

"Our officers use this intelligence to constantly target and engage anyone suspected of being involved in gun crime."

It aims to not only arrest those responsible for gun crimes, but to seize any weapons and stop their distribution.

The police spokesman stressed the operation did not mean gun crime was increasing.

"In fact, the number of shootings in 2013 was down on 2012 and well down on 2001: the peak year for shootings over the last two decades," he said.

"Nevertheless, the community is still seeing far too many bullets being fired on Sydney's streets."

The spokesman said gun crime occurred for many reasons and was not always committed by the same criminals.

"We are investing a huge amount of resources in the fight against gun crime, but we need your help to ensure we win," the spokesman said.

"Without police and the community working hand-in-hand, criminals will continue to use illegal firearms to fire bullets in our suburbs, innocent lives will be lost and families will be ripped apart."

He said if anyone knew about or suspected someone keeping illegal firearms, they should contact police.

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