The watchful eyes of the long blue line

HOARDS of officers have arrived to police the country music festival as crowds continue to swell.

Hundreds of men and women in blue have been tasked from across the state, including neighbouring commands to help keep an eye on revellers.

They will back up local police who had leave cancelled, ensuring all available resources were on hand.

Oxley Inspector Kylie Endemi said the festival has a good reputation as being a family-friendly event and police were aiming to ensure its maintained.

“While obviously the Tamworth CBD is a focal point of the festival, our police operation extends beyond that,” she said.

“And it will extend to venues in the surrounding areas, as well as  the campsites and camping venues.”

Officers are patrolling on foot, trail bikes, push-bikes, and in marked cars. They are also supported by sniffer dogs and undercover police.

They are working round the clock to ensure any trouble-makers are swiftly dealt with.

“It’s often only a small minority of persons that do the wrong thing,” Inspector Endemi said.

“Those persons can be on notice, we are here in numbers and we will not tolerate any form of anti-social behaviour and we will immediately act on it to ensure all festival goers have an enjoyable time.”

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