Nelson Bays police and Nelson Collections staff have held a joint operation to collect outstanding fines and reparation.
The Collections staff joined police at road checkpoints and also visited private addresses to execute warrants last weekend.
The operation saw court bailiffs and police seizing property or getting on-the-spot payment from people who had outstanding fines or overdue reparation payments. As a result more than $11,500 owed to victims was recovered.
Senior Sergeant Grant Andrews said the warrants to seize property enabled the police and bailiffs to take any saleable property. The goods could be sold by the court to defray the outstanding payments.
Nine vehicles were seized in lieu of outstanding fines, including one vehicle belonging to a visiting Rebels gang member.
The total revenue gathered from the operation was $43,807.
Mr Andrews said the message to people with outstanding payments was that they need to take responsibility for such payments.
"Otherwise they can count on us to come visiting."
He said both agencies were delighted with the results of the joint operation and would be working closely again in future.
Police also ran a drink-driving campaign, with more than 1500 drivers breath tested at compulsory checkpoints around the city.
"It was great to see that out of 1500 people, only two drivers were detected with excess breath alcohol," Mr Andrews said. In the lead-up to the festive season police will be continuing high-visibility policing, focusing on people "pre-loading" before heading to the city's bars and clubs.
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