Border jumping criminals targeted in joint operation between ACT and NSW police

Nine people have been arrested, 18 warrants issued, and 40 charges laid after police targeted criminals who jump the border to avoid arrest.

Operation Azine, a joint NSW and ACT police operation, was launched on Wednesday with officers from both jurisdictions visiting homes and workplaces across the region to round up those who had attempted to escape trouble by slipping interstate.

Police said many of the cases involved failing to appear in court, while others were served with orders for an initial court appearance.

Monaro Local Area Command's Acting Superintendent Sandy Green said Operation Azine would be a continued effort to "arrest those on outstanding warrants who think they can leave the state and the problem disappears".

"By working closely with our interstate counterparts, we are putting the public on notice that no matter where you go or what state you try to hide in, the law will catch up with you," she said.

ACT Policing's Detective Superintendent Mick Calatzis said that this type of cross-border operation would become more common.

"This week's activity should send a strong message that state and territory police agencies are working more closely than ever and you can't avoid your responsibilities by moving to another state or territory," Detective Superintendent Calatzis said.

"ACT Policing look forward to conducting similar cross-border operations on a regular basis with assistance from NSW Police Force."

Police said, in some cases, alleged offenders would face extradition proceedings to be returned to NSW, while others hand themselves into Queanbeyan police for processing.

Police are urging anyone who may have any information about people wanted on outstanding warrants to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.