A NEW team of police investigators will target firearm crime across Victoria as part of a crackdown to remove illegal guns from the community.
The 10 new officers are part of Victoria Police’s Armed Crime Squad, and will run overt and covert firearms operations across Victoria.
They will work to disrupt the illicit firearms trade, focusing on high-risk offenders who may be involved in gun crime.
The team will also closely scrutinise trends in the illegal manufacture of firearms, including the use of 3D printers, and will provide support to the regions to investigate thefts of registered firearms.
This investment will also support stronger collaboration between Victoria Police, interstate and commonwealth agencies to help stop trafficking of illegal firearms into the state.
The announcement comes as the Victorian Government prepares to introduce new laws to better address the illegal manufacture of firearms by making it an offence to possess firearm parts or equipment to create a firearm.