Police say they have charged 91 people following a two-day operation against knife crime in southwestern Sydney.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Adam Whyte said the operation – conducted on Thursday and Friday night – was “in response to a rise in people possessing knives and bladed weapons in public places and committing violent offences”.
A total of 91 people were charged with offences ranging from possession of a knife in a public place to breach of bail and drug possession, with officers saying they conducted 413 person searches and seized 20 knives.
Police also issued 33 traffic infringements and 230 transport infringements.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Whyte said the operation aimed to make the community safer.
“Operation Saber was initiated by the South West Metropolitan Region in response to a rise in people possessing knives and bladed weapons in public places and committing violent offences,” he said.
“We are targeting known violent people.”
The operation was first done in February over two days, when police seized 16 knives, conducted 426 person searches, issued 27 traffic infringements and 142 transport infringements and charged 59 people with offences ranging from stealing cars to drug possession and possess knife.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Whyte said he was pleased with the results.
“We continue to see great work from all police in the South West Metropolitan Region, with positive results from the operation and support from the community,” he said.
“Operation Saber is an ongoing operation which will continue to target known locations and people who possess weapons or commit acts of violence.
“We won’t tolerate violent or predatory behaviour in the community and police will actively engage and arrest people who possess weapons in public places.”