Knives seized and violent offenders targeted during Operation Saber

The items seized at Warwick Farm.
The items seized at Warwick Farm.

More than 140 people have been charged and 41 knives seized, during a two-day proactive blitz targeting knife crime and violent offenders across Sydney including Liverpool.

Operation Saber IV, a high-visibility and proactive operation, took place on Thursday and Friday between noon and 12am.

The operation saw a deployment of officers from the South West, North West and Central Metropolitan regions, including Police Transport and Safety Command and the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, with assistance from specialist police from the Dog Unit and Operation Support Groups (OSG).

During Operation Saber IV, police seized 41 knives, made 78 drug detections, issued 254 Traffic Infringement Notices, 384 Transport Infringement Notices and charged 143 people with offences ranging from possessing a knife, drug possession and supply to property and domestic-violence related offences.

Additionally, police conducted 44 bail compliance checks.

About 7.30pm on Friday, police searched a Mercedes on South Liverpool Road, Busby. While searching the boot of the car police allegedly located a 25cm serrated blade knife. A 56-year-old man was arrested and charged with custody of a knife in a public place. He was granted conditional bail to appear before Liverpool Local Court on January 20.

Officers from the Police Transport Command stopped a 37-year-old man on Drummond Street, Warwick Farm, about 8pm on Friday, after he was allegedly riding a bicycle without a helmet. During a subsequent search of the man's backpack, police located bolt cutters, gloves, a crowbar, screwdriver and torch. Police will allege the man was unable to provide a reason for having the items. He was arrested and taken to Liverpool Police Station where he was charged with rider not wear approved bicycle helmet, goods in personal custody suspected of being stolen, possessing means of disguising face with intent to commit indictable offence, possessing housebreaking implements and armed with intent to commit indictable offence. He was refused bail and appeared before Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday where he was formally refused bail to appear before Liverpool Local Court today,

Operation Saber IV Commander, Detective Inspector Andrew Evans, said the operation was an "outstanding example of proactive and collaborative police work" between all metropolitan regions.

"We will continue to utilise available intelligence to target and disrupt those who think they can cause harm to others in the community, put simply NSW Police won't tolerate it," Detective Inspector Evans said.

"Operation Saber deployments this year have taken 97 knives off our streets, made 218 drug seizures and 168 bail compliance checks and seen 330 people put before the courts for a range of offences.

"The safety of the public is always our top priority and we want operations like Saber to reassure the community that they can go about their lives feeling secure, while also sending a message to would-be offenders - if you commit crimes, you will be caught."