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0006 - Police and Emergency Services - POLICE OPERATIONS AT NIMBIN MARDI GRASS 2019

Shoebridge, David to the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning representing the Minister for Police and Emergency Services
  1. How many Mobile Drug Test stops were stationed within 30km of the Nimbin Mardi Grass festival site between 2 and 6 May 2019 (inclusive)?
  2. How many Roadside Drug Tests were conducted within 30km of the festival site between 2 and 6 May 2019 (inclusive)?
  3. Of the total number of people tested how many people were found to have drugs in their system?
  4. How many police in total attended the 2019 Mardi Grass festival as part of their duties?
  5. How many police hours were devoted to policing Mardi Grass?
  6. What was the total cost of the police operations run at the 2019 Mardi Grass festival?
  7. How many people were searched by police at the 2019 Mardi Grass festival following a drug dog indication?
  8. How many people were searched by police at Mardi Grass without a drug dog indication?
  9. Of the total number of people searched how many people were found to have drugs in their possession?
  10. How many of these people found with drugs on their possession were found to have an indictable quantity?
  11. How many people were issued fines or any other forms of infringement notices at Mardi Grass?
  12. What evidence was relied upon by NSW Police to determine the number of officers to send to the festival?
  13. How much did the NSW Police require the operator to pay for policing?
Answer -

I am advised: The number of Mobile Drug Tests stationed within 30km of the Nimbin Mardi Grass varied during 2-6 May. 2,408 tests were conducted within 30km of the festival and 68 drivers were arrested for secondary testing with samples forwarded to the Forensic and Analytical Science Service for confirmatory testing. 133 police attended the Nimbin Mardi Grass, dedicating 2,036 hours to the event. No drug detection dog activities were conducted. 90 people were searched without a drug detection dog indication, 36 of which were found to have drugs in their possession*. As of 16 May 2019, 45 people were issued with a fine, caution or charged.

Details of police methodology regarding the Nimbin Mardi Grass festival cannot be divulged for operational reasons.

*Correspondence, Minister David Elliott MP, 17 June 2019, provided amendment to answer received 29 May 2019.

Question asked on 8 May 2019 (session 57-1) and published in Questions & Answers Paper No. 2
Answer received on 29 May 2019 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 17