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NSW Police arrest nearly 600 of the state's most high-risk domestic violence offenders as part of Operation Amarok V

Monday, 12 February 2024 01:34:35 PM

Police have charged almost 600 people with serious domestic violence offences, during a four-day high-visibility operation targeting the state’s most high-risk domestic violence offenders.

Operation Amarok V, an intelligence-based policing strategy led by each region’s Domestic Violence High-Risk Offender Teams (DVHROT), ran from Wednesday to Saturday (7 – 10 February 2024).

Officers from all police area commands and police districts in NSW, as well as various proactive and specialist units, were involved in the operation.

A total of 590 people were arrested, and 1183 charges laid during the first Amarok of 2024. Of those arrested, 229 were wanted by police for serious domestic violence offences.

Throughout the four-day operation, police also conducted 131 Firearms Prohibition Order (FPO) compliance searches, and 5,493 Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs).

NSW Minister for Police and Counter-terrorism, Yasmin Catley,said the success of the first Operation Amarok of 2024 should serve as a strong message to the community.

“Operation Amarok V is the largest ever crackdown on dangerous domestic and family violence offenders, with the ultimate goal being to safeguard the community and reduce the incidence of serious harm or death,” said Minister Catley.

“This operation is unique in that it involves police strategically targeting and apprehending high-risk domestic violence offenders by using criminal profiling to identify those individuals who have both the intent and the capability to commit serious offences.”


NSW Police Corporate Sponsor for Domestic and Family Violence, Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon, said the latest Operation Amarok has once again proved to be another successful operation, with close to 600 arrests made - significantly, 229 of those were wanted on serious domestic violence offences.

“Operation Amarok V enables us to address domestic and family violence with the seriousness it warrants, akin to organised crime and homicide. It's about precision in targeting the most dangerous offenders; the ones who pose a significant threat to victims, to family members, to other members of the community,” Mr Lanyon said.

“Operation Amarok V incorporates methods that enable us to find the individuals we need to target and to act swiftly and effectively in apprehending them before they have the chance to commit further serious harm.”


Information about the NSW Police Force response to domestic and family violence, can be found online: https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/crime/domestic_and_family_violence.

Victims of domestic and family violence can find information about support services by contacting 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visiting: https://www.1800respect.org.au.

Reports of domestic and family-related crime or abuse can be made by contacting or attending your local police station. In an emergency, contact Triple Zero (000).

Anyone with information relating to domestic and family-related violence is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.