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NSW Minister for Police and Counter Terrorism Yasmin Catley has praised the results of a state-wide anti-domestic violence (DV) campaign, which included several arrests in the Hunter.

Some of NSW’s most dangerous offenders were targeted during Operation Amarok II, with 644 people charged with serious offences.

The Hunter Valley Police District’s Proactive Team was conducting patrols on Wednesday 19 April when officers sighted two men, who were both wanted for DV crimes, at a home at Singleton Heights.

The males were arrested without incident and taken to Singleton Police Station.

A 35-year-old man was charged with three counts of contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO (domestic), two counts of act with intent to influence witness to procure acquittal.

He was formally refused bail to reappear at Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday 26 April.

A 22-year-old man was charged with stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm (domestic), assault occasioning actual bodily harm (DV), and fail to appear in accordance with bail acknowledgment.

He was formally refused bail and is next due to appear at Muswellbrook Local Court on 3 May.

Then, just before 11am on Friday 21 April, officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District attended a hotel at East Maitland as part of inquiries to locate a male wanted for serious domestic violence offences.

They found the 27-year-old man playing poker machines and he was arrested.

During a subsequent search of the male, officers seized a large hunting knife and the keys to a stolen vehicle.

He was taken to Maitland Police Station, where the warrant for assault occasioning actual bodily harm (DV), stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm (domestic) and contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO (Domestic) was executed.

He was also charged with two counts of destroy or damage property (DV), stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm (domestic), drive conveyance taken without consent of owner and custody of knife in public place.

He was formally refused bail to next appear at Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday 26 April.

“The NSW Government will continue to support a wider strategy to address domestic violence so that anyone who commits these crimes can expect police to come knocking,” said Ms Catley, the Swansea MP.

“The statistics following Amarok II speak for themselves – 644 arrested and charged with serious offences.

“It shows police are making a difference every day to address the complex issue of DV.

“The NSW Government will support them to address domestic violence from all angles – from victim support, diverse reporting options and educating the public, to operations such as Amarok which target the most violent offenders.”

The operation, an intelligence-based policing strategy led by each region’s Domestic Violence High-Risk Offender Teams (DVHROT), involved officers from all commands and districts in NSW, as well as various proactive and specialist units.

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb said reducing the risk of harm to victims remained a key organisational priority.

“Perpetrators are on notice,” she stated.

“The Amarok arm of our strategy focuses on them, including assessing their intent, their capability to inflict harm and the access they have to their current or future victims.

“We will continue proactive Amarok deployments, along with the use of a sophisticated suite of strategies, to target dangerous domestic violence offending and protect our communities.”

Over the four days, police engaged with people on 1,262 occasions, made 326 applications for Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs), served 460 outstanding ADVOs, completed 4,949 ADVO compliance checks and 1,633 bail compliance checks.

In total, officers seized 23 firearms and 45 prohibited weapons, as well as various types of illicit drugs located with 121 detections, too.

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