ACT Region Crime Stoppers Chair, Diana Forrester, launched the national ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign in Yass on Monday 18 February at Banjo Paterson Park with Mayor Rowena Abbey and Detective Chief Inspector Brendan Bernie, Crime Manager for the Hume Police District.

The Federal Government-funded campaign aims to help stop Australia’s damaging supply chain of illicit drugs, including methylamphetamine (ice), cocaine, MDMA, heroin and cannabis. Yass residents are being asked to report any suspicious or criminal drug related activity to Crime Stoppers, anonymously if they prefer.

Ms Forrester says there can be various signs of drug dealing and manufacturing to look out for: “Things like routine short and frequent visits to a property at unusual hours, covered or reinforced windows and unusual smells coming from a property. We encourage people to report anything suspicious they have seen, heard or know,” she said.

The Hume Police District Crime Manager, Det C/Insp Brendan Bernie, said local police see the impact of illicit drugs in the community on a regular basis, and together with local residents, want it to stop.

“The message we want to share today is that the community can help police stem the flow of drugs by providing confidential information to Crime Stoppers about those involved in the manufacture and supply,” Det C/Insp Bernie said.

Mayor Rowena Abbey has welcomed the initiative to Yass Valley. “Drug dealing and manufacturing is a national issue that endangers local communities. We can all play our part, be vigilant and report anything we think looks suspicious to Crime Stoppers,” she said.

This year’s ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign will continue to be a focus until the end of March 2019, but Crime Stoppers will always accept information on drug related issues.

There was a 120% increase in drug related reports over the two weeks following the launch last October in Canberra, compared to the previous two-week period.

Crime Stoppers is the trusted link between police and the community. Anyone who sees, hears or knows about drug related activity or crime is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at You could be rewarded up to $1,000 if the information you provide leads to an arrest.

For more information, head to the ACT Region Crime Stoppers website at or the Facebook and Twitter pages.

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