Superintendent Patrick Sharkey, commander of the Northern Beaches Police Area Command, briefing the media outside Manly police station. Picture: Jim O’Rourke
As the top cop on the northern beaches, Superintendent Pat Sharkey, has the influence to target police strategies at particular crime types which the community believes are becoming a problem.
Supt Sharkey has had to answer criticisms that youth crime and anti-social behaviour in the area was out of control.
Transferred to the northern beaches in 2020 after the retirement of former commander Dave Darcy, the new police boss also had to deal with the developing COVID crisis.
He told The Daily Telegraph earlier this month that youth crime rates on the northern beaches had remained steady in recent years and the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research backs that up.
Bureau reports show that youth crime has been stable over the past two years, with the area having a much lower incidence rate than other parts of Sydney.
And as a member of the Northern Beaches Community Safety Committee he said, in May last years, that across all crime categories over the first part of 2020 crime stats had decreased. Supt. Sharkey also pointed that police statistics for domestic violence had also dropped.
To counter the perception of increasing youth crime, Supt Sharkey oversaw Operation Summer Safe, announced by Police Commissioner Mick Fuller, which targeted anti-social behaviour and so-called youth crime hot spots.
In February Supt. Sharkey said the operation was part of a proactive response to anti-social behaviour in high-risk areas.
“Youth crime is a concern and we need the community’s help as we respond to this ongoing challenge.”
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