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Police are conducting a “high visibility operation” at Splendour in the Grass

If you’re heading to Splendour in the Grass this weekend, be warned – the police are coming too.

According to a NSW Police announcement on Facebook, a “high visibility” police operation will be in effect on all days of the festival, targeting illegal drug use, alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour.

“We want everyone to have a great time but we won’t tolerate behaviour that risks the safety of others,” Tweed/Byron Local Area Commander, Detective Superintendent Wayne Starling said. “Large numbers of both uniformed and plain-clothes police with drug-detection dogs will be patrolling the entire event footprint – they are on site to ensure the event is safe for everyone.”

So you can count on the presence of sniffer dogs, and you can also expect to see members of the Riot Squad and the Mounted Police. Roadside drugs tests will also be regularly conducted throughout the festival period, with Supt. Starling warning that “anyone caught driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be arrested.”

“Those who try to bring illegal drugs into the festival can expect to be caught and dealt with swiftly by police,” he added. “Anyone who attends the festival affected by drugs or alcohol may be refused entry. Recreational drugs are illegal, dangerous and potentially life-threatening, especially when combined with alcohol so I urge everyone to behave responsibly.”

“Festival-goers who choose to do the wrong thing, breach the event’s terms and conditions or risk the safety of other music fans, will be quickly identified and dealt with accordingly.”

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