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Police Encourage Visitors To Enjoy Festival First Night Celebrations – Sydney CBD

The NSW Police Force has welcomed this year’s Festival First Night celebrations this Saturday (9 January) and encourages locals and visitors to enjoy themselves, but do so in a responsible manner.

Police will be conducting OPERATION GREYGUM, deploying more than 400 officers in and around the Sydney CBD to ensure the tens of thousands of visitors to the city have the opportunity to enjoy themselves without becoming victims of anti-social or other criminal behaviour during the festival.

The Police Commander for OPERATION GREYGUM, Superintendent Michael Fuller said:

“Police will facilitate a safe and secure environment for Festival First Night celebrations and will have police on patrol across the CBD. We will have general duties and specialist officers patrolling the areas where the entertainment is being held along with a strong presence of Police in and around the licensed venues.”

Police will be targeting:

  • Anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related crime
  • Enforcing alcohol free zones
  • Crowd control and crowd crush

“Police want to see a family friendly environment at the festival and will be out on patrol to ensure the wellbeing and protection of those attending so people can enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere that goes with this festival. Our aim is to make sure those attending enjoy the festivities and entertainment and get home safely.” Superintendent Fuller said.


  • General Duties officers,
  • Public Order & Riot Squad (PORS),
  • Dog Squad,
  • Mounted Police,
  • Highway Patrol,
  • Commuter Crime Unit.

Festival First Night marks the opening of the Sydney Festival on Saturday night (9 January). The festival will see a number of open-air stages across the CBD on Saturday, with large crowds expected to converge on the city to enjoy the festival’s activities.


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