Over holiday periods, OMGC groups often participate in ‘runs’ whereby they travel in large groups throughout regional WA. These gangs are well known to be associated with crime, drug and anti-social behaviour issues and generally do not openly discuss their intended destinations, however this time police received information that approximately 50 riders from the Club Deroes OMGC had intended to travel to Dumbleyung on Thursday April 13.
Our peaceful little town was swarming with extra police resources from Brookton, Kondinin & Lake Grace police stations. Dumbleyung Senior Constable Darryl Gaull and Sergeant Alby Van Den Berg said in addition to the other regional police resource the Traffic Breathe and Drug Operations were also called in to assist.
WA Police show a no tolerance approach to OMCG groups and this occasion was no different. The group were shadowed from Perth by two Gang Crime vehicles. When it was ascertained they were camping at Stubbs Park overnight, we collaborated with Gang Crime to conduct a Vehicle Control Point in Dumbleyung on Good Friday as they departed. The group were also engaged as they entered town and the expected standards of behaviour were clearly put to them.
On Good Friday morning, the Vehicle Control Point was set up at the exit to Stubbs Park. During this operation, each and every member of the Club Deroes had their name recorded, were breath tested and they and their bikes were photographed. Some bikes and people were searched and subject to oral drug tests. Four returned positive drug tests and drugs were seized from another.
The operation had several objectives. These were to detect offences, gather intelligence but more importantly, demonstrate to the OMCG groups that no matter how small or remote the town they travel to, poor behaviour will not be tolerated and police will watch their every move.
Sergeant Alby Van Den Berg received no complaints from the community about the behaviour of the OMCG members in town which shows they appeared to have got the message.
Not only was it a bit of a spectacle for our community to have a large contingent of OMCG in town, but to also have a large number of police at short notice to keep them in check and the community safe.
Dumbleyung Police can be contacted via email at Dumbleyung.Police.Station@police.wa.gov.au and we urge locals to follow us on Twitter at @DumbleyungPol.
Article information supplied by Dumbleyung Police.