AUSTRALIAN Defence Force personnel have joined the NSW Police Force in the Illawarra, as part of an expansion of the COVID-19 welfare and compliance checks across the state.
Police officers will be assisted by ADF personnel as they conduct daily welfare checks and support the wellbeing of those self-isolating.
ADF personnel have been deployed to assist Wollongong police over the coming weeks.
Southern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Joe Cassar APM, has welcomed the arrival of troops in the Illawarra.
“The troops are here to support the community alongside police. Locals can expect to see them checking on the welfare of our most vulnerable people.
“Our officers and ADF personnel will be making daily visits and checking in on those who are self-isolating and making sure they’re okay during lockdown,” Assistant Commissioner Cassar said.
“I ask everyone across our region to continue complying with the Public Health Orders and do everything you can to help us prevent further spread of the Delta variant.”
Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.
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