Ex­tra po­lice de­ployed for fes­ti­val week­end

Penticton Herald - - OKANAGAN -

Kelowna RCMP say they'll have ex­tra polic­ing on this week­end while the Cen­tre of Grav­ity sports and mu­sic fes­ti­val takes place in City Park.

“En­hanced polic­ing and en­force­ment strate­gies have been de­vel­oped,” lo­cal po­lice said in a news re­lease.

“Ad­di­tional re­sources from the Com­bined Forces Spe­cial En­force­ment Unit (CFSEU) of Bri­tish Columbia and the Al­berta Law En­force­ment Re­sponse Team (ALERT) will be in the city to en­sure that mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic and event par­tic­i­pants en­joy the event safely.”

CFSEU and ALERT are known for mon­i­tor­ing gang ac­tiv­ity.

RCMP say there will be a zero-tol­er­ance pol­icy to­ward open liquor, drug use, traf­fick­ing, pub­lic in­tox­i­ca­tion and “other dis­turb­ing or vi­o­lent be­hav­iours.”

Po­lice say they are also work­ing closely with COG or­ga­niz­ers and se­cu­rity.

Snoop Dogg is the ma­jor head­liner at Cen­tre of Grav­ity, which started Fri­day night.

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