Police firearms operation targets weapon distributors and users

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. Operation Talon can be contacted on 1800 333 000.