POLICE have praised crowd behaviour after the weekend's Meredith Music Festival.
There was an increased police presence in Meredith and surrounds at the weekend to police the numbers of people travelling to the town for the annual music festival, with local police from Meredith and Bannockburn joined by members from across Victoria, including from Ballarat and Bacchus Marsh.
The police presence involved uniformed officers on the ground as well as a number of plain clothes police officers entering the festival on Saturday afternoon to keep an eye out for offences. Roadside drug and alcohol testing was also conducted.
Police had worked closely with event organisers and partner agencies in the lead up to the festival to ensure measures were in place to reduce the likelihood of criminal activity so everybody could enjoy the festival safely.
Moorabool local area commander, Acting Inspector Alistair Nisbet, said police were very happy with crowd behaviour not only at the festival but on the roads afterwards.
"We are pleased with the behaviour of the crowd at the event. The event was well coordinated and managed and the organisers were very supportive of our action there," he said.
Acting Inspector Nisbet said police were pleased the majority of festival goers opted to board the buses running to and from the festival meaning there were few issues relating to drink or drug driving.
While six people were removed from the festival for trespassing, nobody was arrested for drug or alcohol related issues.
Of the 105 roadside drug tests police conducted, four people tested positive. Two unregistered vehicles were also detected.
The festival took place at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre on December 13, 14 and 15.
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