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2422 - Police - DEFQON.1

Shoebridge, David to the Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Regional Water, Minister for Trade and Industry representing the Minister for Police, and Minister for Emergency Services
  1. How many additional police officers were deployed to Defqon.1?
  2. How many additional police hours in total were deployed to Defqon.1?
  3. What was the total cost of the additional officers deployed?
  4. How much were the police paid by the promoter or any other person associated with Defqon.1 for the police presence or any other services associated with the event?
  5. How many searches were undertaken following a drug dog indication at this event?
  6. Of the searches undertaken following a drug dog indication at this event:
    1. In how many of these were illicit drugs found?
    2. How many of these were supply?
  7. How many people who were not found to be carrying drugs following a search were denied entry to the venue?
  8. How many strip searches were undertaken following a drug dog indication at this event?
  9. Of the strip searches undertaken following a drug dog indication at this event:
    1. In how many of these were illicit drugs found at this event?
    2. How many of these were supply?
  10. How many people who were not found to be carrying drugs following a strip search were denied entry to the venue?
  11. What directions were provided to police on site, if any, about how to respond to the stall at the festival selling pill testing kits?
Answer -

I am advised:

In addition to user pays policing, 194 additional police attended the event over 2,100.5 policing hours.

For policing provided at the event the promoter reimbursed the NSW Police Force $89,802.

No searches were undertaken based solely on a drug dog indication. 355 searches undertaken at Defqon 1 were based upon police establishing reasonable grounds following drug dog indications, observations made by police, the demeanour of the person searched, further investigations and questioning by police. A number of persons searched admitted to of having been in possession of or in contact with illicit drugs within the previous 48 hours.

Searches resulted in illicit drugs being located on 70 occasions and 9 of those were for supply.

10 people were denied entry for reasons including intoxication and aggressive behaviour.

Police at the event were not provided with any specific directions in relation to the stall referred to in the question.

Question asked on 18 September 2018 (session 56-1) and published in Questions & Answers Paper No. 168
Answer received on 23 October 2018 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 177