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Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch

Police Urge People To Enjoy Australia Day Celebrations Safely And Responsibly Across NSW

On Australia Day the community comes together to celebrate what it means to be Australian and Police encourage people to enjoy the celebrations safely and responsibly.

Police across NSW will be out on patrol as part of OPERATION MEDALLION with Police deployed across the 34 Forward Commands in the Sydney Metropolitan area, Southern, Northern and Western NSW.

Commander of OPERATION MEDALLION, Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch, says the aim of this year’s Police operation is to ensure people have a good time with their mates and enjoy the festivities.

“Australia Day is about celebrating our easy going, family orientated, beach and barbecue lifestyle and Police wish everyone a safe and enjoyable day.” Assistant Commissioner Murdoch said.

“There will be in excess of 2,000 Police officers across the 34 Forward Commands, giving up their Australia Day, to help you enjoy yours. So come up and say g’day to the Police because we are there to ensure you have a good time safely with your friends and families.”

“However, anyone intent on interfering with others enjoyment of our national day, or who make life uncomfortable for people because of their anti social behaviour, will be dealt with swiftly by Police.”Assistant Commissioner Murdoch said.

“A crowd in excess of half a million people is anticipated in the Sydney CBD for the festivities and this will be the central focus of the Police operation.”

“Nonetheless, people across NSW will gather at home with backyard barbecues, at restaurants, at pubs and clubs as well as public venues and police will be out and about to make sure people have a great day.” Assistant Commissioner Murdoch said.

When planning your Australia Day if you kick off early, pace yourself when drinking alcohol, show some personal responsibility, eat something and drink plenty of water and look after your mates. Secure your belongings in public places and lock up your homes if you’re heading off for the day.

Public transport is the best way to get into the Sydney CBD so leave the car at home. To plan your trip visit and click on trip planner, or phone Transport Info on 131500.


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