Law enforcement Agencies
are to target outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCGs) under
Operation Morpheus, a new multi-Agency task force.
Backed by the Australian Crime
Commission (ACC) Board, the national task force has
been created by the Serious and Organised Crime
Coordination Committee (SOCCC) to continue and
expand the work of the Attero National Task Force
that has been targeting the Rebels since February
Chair of the SOCCC, South
Australia Police Assistant Commissioner, Paul
Dickson said: "Operation Morpheus will be continuing
this work, but with a broader focus on all OMCGs
that pose a risk to our community."
Operation Morpheus comprises the
ACC, Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australian
Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS),
Australian Taxation Office (ATO), Australian
Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC),
as well as all State and Territory Police services.
Multi-Agency operation to take on
The national taskforce will also
be supported by staff from the Department of
Immigration and Border Protection and Department of
Human Services via Centrelink.
Assistant Commissioner Dickson
said Operation Morpheus would target OMCGs using
both traditional and non-traditional law enforcement
methods, including executing warrants on club
houses, investigating tax and welfare payments,
their travel movements and their business
"The Attero National Task Force
has led to approximately 3,000 arrests of Rebels
members and associates on more than 4,200 charges,"
"This, partnered with regulatory
action such as targeting the assets and tax debts of
Rebels members, has resulted in a significant
disruption on the group."
Chief Executive of the ACC, Chris
Dawson said Operation Morpheus would also provide an
agreed strategy for national law enforcement to work
with the existing Commonwealth National Anti-Gangs
Squad and Australian Gangs Intelligence Coordination
"Members of outlaw motorcycle
gangs believe they can operate outside the law-they
cannot," Mr Dawson said.
"OMCGs are a priority of all
Australian law enforcement Agencies and we will use
our full suite of capabilities to proactively target
them, including Australian Crime Commission coercive
powers and other intelligence gathering and
investigative tools," he said.