ACT Policing has not made an arrest, nor has been called to intercede in this year’s Summernats car festival in Canberra, an outcome which has prompted praise from the event’s Operational Commander.
Superintendent Lesa Gale said that for an event of this size and characteristics to run arrest-free is a tribute to the organisers, and the planning.
“Police worked very closely with the organisers in the lead-up to the event. This year we made the operational decision to have our officers on high-visibility, proactive patrols inside Summernats and the general feedback we have had from patrons and, in particular, the stallholders and small business operators within the precinct, that this was a very positive move,” Superintendent Gale said.
“We maintained a regular dialogue with the organisers throughout the event and when requested, our officers supported security staff in evicting patrons causing issues.
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“We will be looking to engage with the organisers again in readiness for next year, to look at new or different processes and practices to keep patrons safe and encourage responsible behaviour,” Superintendent Gale added.
Outside the event precinct, witnesses in Watson yesterday reported a Holden Commodore doing a burnout in the street to police, who identified the vehicle involved and will issue a summons to the P-plate driver from NSW.