Police ahead of the pack at Caulfield Cup festival

Friday, 13 October 2017 04:14

The Caulfield Cup Festival is on track to be a winner with Victoria Police set to have a highly-visible presence from well before the gates open.

Tens of thousands of fans are set to attend the festival which starts tomorrow with the Caulfield Guineas and concludes next Saturday with the Caulfield Cup.

Superintendent Amy Gledden said police’s priority was to ensure every person coming to the races was able to enjoy themselves in a safe and responsible manner.

“We’ll be there with fans at public transport hubs, at the racecourse and on the journey home,” she said.

“The last thing anyone wants is to have their day spoiled by someone engaging in offensive, antisocial or criminal behaviour.

“That’s why police will be focussing on alcohol-fuelled violence, public order and road safety.

“We are also asking all attendees to be considerate of other patrons and watch out for their mates.”

In addition to the police presence at and around the racetrack, booze buses will also be deployed to help prevent road trauma.

“There is absolutely no excuse for drink or drug driving,” Supt Gledden said.

“Heavy traffic and limited parking is anticipated so we’re encouraging people to take public transport where possible.

“Plan out your journey in advance and be patient as it may take some time to get everyone through the front gates.”

Bag searches will be in effect.

Thomas O’Byrne

Media Officer