Extra police brought in to deal with fans ahead of City-Country game in Dubbo

POLICE resources in Dubbo have been bolstered as the city prepares to host Sunday’s City-County rugby league clash.

Inspector Scott Tanner from Orana Local Area Command said it was hoped additional officers would help ensure the event ran safely and smoothly at the ground itself and throughout the city before and after the match.

He said police expected a crowd of some 15,000, with visitors making up a significant proportion.

“In fact, last time a regional centre hosted the event 60 per cent of them were from outside the area,” Inspector Tanner said.

He said police had entered a partnership with the NRL to prepare for the event.

“It’s a user pays agreement, a common policy with the police where those staging the event employ officers to work there,” he said.

“On this occasion we will have ten Dubbo officers solely dedicated to the event, they will be there from go to whoa.

“Additionally, we have effectively doubled the number of officers that would normally be rostered on at the weekend.”

Inspector Tanner said officers that had been rostered on this weekend would all be locally-based ones.

“We haven’t had a need to bring anyone in from outside,” he said.

“Indeed it will give some of our junior officers who haven’t experienced public events before some valuable experience in that role.”

Inspector Tanner advised residents and visitors to be patient and courteous because there would be more people than normal on the roads.

“And parking will be at a premium, along with access to the ground,” he said.

“We urge pedestrians to stick to designated footpaths, there will be traffic control in place at certain intersections so we ask that people abide by instructions from council staff and police.

“When it comes to personal safety, in large crowds people and property can get lost, so make sure you keep an eye on your kids and ensure your property is secure.”

Drinking and driving and alcohol-related violence would not be tolerated, Inspector Tanner said.

“There will be a high expectation of responsible service of alcohol at the ground and on licenced premises in the city,” he said.

“Extra resources are also being dedicated to traffic and highway patrol so drivers, don’t be surprised when you are pulled over for a breath test.”

Inspector Tanner said it was important for residents and visitors to remember that police were not there to spoil the fun.

“We are encouraging people to enjoy their time at the match, a safe time is a good time,” he said.

“Police want to work with the community to ensure the success of this event, and if that’s the case then the city will be more likely to attract further large events in the future.”

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