NSW Police have warned punters attending the forthcoming Above & Beyond headline event this weekend, Saturday June 9th at the Sydney Showground that they will be out in numbers along with drug detection dogs.
After causing a stir denying patrons entry to a recent after being searched (regardless of being drug free) to a recent HSU event, a statement shared on their official Facebook page has confirmed the same rules will be in place on Saturday night.
According to the post, “drug detection dogs will patrol the venue and can detect the presence of prohibited drugs or someone who has recently had drugs on them. If a dog makes an indication you will be denied entry.”
They added that “Police will exclude any person from the venue that the drug dog indicates has or who has recently had drugs on them, regardless of whether drugs are located.” Rough.
Read the full statement below. Is this fair from the cops?
Police are warning patrons attending the ‘Above and Beyond’ music festival at Sydney this weekend that drug detection dogs will be at the venue.
The event will run from 6pm until midnight on Saturday (9 June 2018), at the Sydney Showground.
Police warn that drug detection dogs will patrol the venue and can detect the presence of prohibited drugs or someone who has recently had drugs on them. If a dog makes an indication you will be denied entry.
South West Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell said the message from police is simple – don’t bring prohibited drugs to the event.
“These dance parties can be a dangerous environment, particularly when alcohol and illegal drugs are involved.
“We all know there is no quality control in the production of illicit drugs and you are putting your life at risk.
“Police will exclude any person from the venue that the drug dog indicates has or who has recently had drugs on them, regardless of whether drugs are located.
“Quite simply, if you handle or use drugs you will not be permitted to remain at the venue.
“We encourage young people to come along and enjoy the event, we don’t want bad behaviour to spoil the atmosphere or create an unsafe environment.
“Poor choices can have serious consequences and we urge all people attending this festival to remain safe, look after your friends, and don’t risk your health or your good reputation,” said Assistant Commissioner Thurtell.