With assistance from members of the public, Ulladulla Police have identified close to 15 people who took part in unlawful COVID-19 protests on Saturday, September 18.
Around 60 people took part in the protests at the Ulladulla Civic Centre and Mollymook Beach on Saturday as part of planned rallies all over NSW.
Those identified by Ulladulla Police will receive Penalty Infringement Notices.
Ulladulla Police following the rally asked members of the public to send them videos or photos from the protest.
A spokesperson for Ulladulla Police said the community responded well to the call for information and supplied them with photos and videos.
Police were able to identify at least 15 locals already and investigations are ongoing. Police are still collecting evidence and are happy to collect further information from the public.
A video on YouTube from the protest also helped police with their investigations.
With COVID-19 restrictions set to ease, the Ulladulla Police spokesperson said the protest was "just unnecessary".
To assist police with their investigations call 4454 8599 or you can lodge the images or video with Crimestoppers at www.nsw.crimestoppers.com.au or call 1800 333 000.
All information will be treated as confidential.
Meanwhile, across NSW, 32 people were arrested and 265 Penalty Infringement Notices handed out by NSW Police in a coordinated and mobile response to planned protest activity.
Police were deployed across the Sydney area, with a further 200 on the ground at regional locations including Tweed Heads, Byron Bay, Central Coast, Wollongong and on the South Coast on Saturday.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott acknowledged the majority of people who made the right decision and stayed home.
"I'm pleased to see that common sense has prevailed and the vast majority of people have complied with the existing public health orders," Mr Elliott said.
"As always, we've seen the officers of NSW Police Force working together to keep us safe, and I thank them for their professionalism and commitment.
"We are close to reaching the end goal, which will see the significant easing of restrictions, and I want to thank everyone who made the right choice on Saturday for the greater good of their loved ones and the entire state," Mr Elliott said.
Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell, Operation Commander was pleased to see the police strategy successful in disrupting protest activity.
"We take the health and safety of the community extremely seriously and we are glad our policing response, supported by road and transport strategies, effectively reduced the movement crowds and potential for disruptive protest activity," Assistant Commissioner Thurtell said.
Notices for breaches of the public health orders were issued to individuals who did not have a reasonable excuse to be travelling outside their local government area (LGA) or were not wearing face coverings.
"Most importantly, I want to thank the community who did the right thing and stayed home on Saturday. Also, I acknowledge the 1700 police officers who were deployed across the state for their professional response during the protest's activities," Assistant Commissioner Thurtell added.
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