Police are out in force for this Easter weekend at Bluesfest.
Police are out in force for this Easter weekend at Bluesfest. Jojo Newby

Police taking zero tolerance stand against drugs at Bluesfest

POLICE will be taking a zero tolerance approach to drugs and alcohol at the 25th annual Bluesfest over the Easter long weekend.

Tweed Byron Police Crime Manager Detective Inspector Brendan Cullen said the strong police presence at Bluesfest and around the Tyagarah festival site will focus on harm minimisation.

Det Insp Cullen said officers from the Operational Support Group, the Public Order and Riot Squad, drug detection dogs, the drug detection bus and extra highway patrol cars were involved in the Bluesfest operation.

"Police will be doing their usual Bluesfest harm minimisation operation with the drug detection dogs there," he said.

"There is the potential for people to harm themselves in these situations particularly where there are big crowds ... it's a bad recipe for people's health if they are taking drugs in these circumstances.

"It's all about harm minimisation and that's what we seek to achieve by putting this annual operation on."

Det Insp Cullen said people attending both Bluesfest and Byron Bay over the weekend could expect to see police patrolling the CBD and roads in and out of town.

"It's well known that there is a lot of carnage on local roads so highway patrol will be out there in force and people can expect a lot of roadside breath testing and drug testing to occur," he said.

"The Operational Support Group will be in town assisting us with crowd control issues we have both at the Bluesfest site and at the Byron Bay CBD.

"The Public Order and Riot Squad will be assisting with crowd control at Bluesfest and other issues that we do have with overflow into the Byron Bay CBD."


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