Police are urging festival-goers to celebrate safely and responsibly at the New Year’s Day music festival, Field Day, in Sydney’s Domain.
The event takes place from 12pm on New Year’s Day and will continue until the final act commences at 10.40pm.
A police operation will be in place for the festival involving officers from the Central Metropolitan Region, with assistance from the Dog Unit – including drug-detection dogs – Licensing Police, and Police Transport Command.
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Officers will maintain a high-visibility presence throughout the day, focusing on anti-social behaviour, alcohol-related crime, and illegal drug use and supply.
Police Operation Commander, Detective Inspector Andrew Marks, said anyone who tries to bring illegal drugs into the festival can expect to be caught.
“Police will be out in high numbers to ensure people enjoy the event safely and responsibly,” Det Insp Marks said.
“We want to remind people that this is an over 18’s event and police will deal with any anti-social or criminal behaviour swiftly.
“We’re not here to spoil anyone’s fun; however, we will not tolerate dangerous behaviour that jeopardises other people’s safety.”
Last year, police and drug detection dogs located 214 people allegedly in possession of illicit drugs.
“The possession or supply of prohibited drugs is a serious criminal offence. Those thinking of bringing substances into the event are therefore reminded there will be overt and covert police patrolling the festival, which will include the use of drug-detection dogs,” Det Insp Marks said.
“Not only are they illegal, prohibited drugs can also be extremely harmful to your health, and are potentially life-threatening – particularly when combined with alcohol.
“We repeat these warnings every year, and will continue to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of all festival goers. We want Field Day 2017 to be an incident-free event.”
Anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or who feels unwell, is urged to seek professional medical attention.
“With warm weather anticipated, we strongly encourage revellers to look out for one another, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water – not alcohol – keep cool, and be sun smart.
Festival-goers are asked to utilise public transport and plan your trip to the event ahead of time.
Visit www.transportnsw.info for the latest timetable and ticketing information for trains, buses, ferries, light rail and taxi ranks.
Police are also reminding those who may be planning to gain access to the event without a ticket that officers will be present at perimeter gates to ensure their security.
Ticketholders are also warned not to bring alcohol into The Domain and to make sure they have their photo ID available for inspection upon entry.
Further information on the festival, including venue maps and conditions of entry, can be found at the official event website.