As the last rock fans head home, Download 2017 has proved a great success from a policing perspective with early indications suggesting it is another low crime event.
The event, which was held at Donington Park in North West Leicestershire between Friday 9 June and Sunday 11 June, attracted tens of thousands of people each day with thousands of people camping. More than 100 bands played across the weekend with the headliners being System of a Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith.
It was the first major festival in the country following the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London which prompted a review of security and the decision to put visibly armed officers on patrol throughout the festival. This proved popular with festival goers who thanked officers for keeping them safe and queued up to have their picture taken!
Superintendent Martyn Ball one of the Silver Commanders at Download this year, said: “It’s been another really good year with a great atmosphere and low levels of crime reported to us. The success of our operation lies in our great working relationship with the organisers, Festival Republic. Although it is too soon to give definite crime figures, early indications are that reported crime is very low. Officers worked hard day and night patrolling car parks and campsites and they talked to hundreds of rock fans, swopping hats, giving ‘hi fives’ and having their picture taken.
“We had visibly armed officers patrolling for the first time this year following the tragic events of Manchester and London and they were all overwhelmed by the positive response from festival goers who thanked them for keeping them safe. They were happy to have their picture taken many times which was a new experience for the usually camera shy firearms officers!
“We used Facebook and Twitter to give out crime prevention advice before and during the event and we’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response from fans on social media posting selfies and thanking us for our friendly policing style. It has been a great success from a police prospective.”
“I’d also like to thank local people living in Castle Donington as there is no doubt an event this size does have an impact on their village particularly in terms of traffic.”
Find the police on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/downloadcops or on Twitter at @Downloadcops.
Source:: Leicestershire Police News