23 Sep 2010

Crime report made public to encourage tip-offs

10:25 pm on 23 September 2010

Police hope making an annual report on the level of organised crime public for the first time will encourage people to come forward with information.

The report prepared by the New Zealand Police National Intelligence Centre combines information from a range of government agencies.

The Organised and Financial Crime Agency says it hopes publishing the report will raise public awareness of the fight and encourage people to provide helpful information.

Director Malcolm Burgess says organised crime is more than drugs and guns and includes fraud, environmental and intellectual property crime.

Mr Burgess says the agency has worked with police, Customs, Immigration and the Serious Fraud Office for the past two years to disrupt and dismantle criminal operations.

In July this year, a taskforce codenamed Acacia ended with raids that broke up a money laundering ring, seized methamphetamine with a street value of $5 million and led to 16 people being charged.