Police union blasts Summernats safety

Police affiliation president Alex Caruana. Picture: Belinda Strahorn

SUMMERNATS organisers positioned police and group members at vital danger, says the police union

Poor security-related choices wanted to be addressed earlier than planning future occasions, with a repeat of Summernats 35 not being tenable, says Australian Federal Police Affiliation (AFPA) president Alex Caruana.

“The organisers have to do a lot better in the case of safety and cease pushing their issues and poor administration on to ACT Policing and the group,” he says.

“ACT Policing assets needed to be pulled from different frontline actions to help on the bottom in managing folks displaced by the actions of Summernats organisers.

“Our info is that many safety guards walked off the job resulting from security issues. I stress that this isn’t the fault of the safety guards, however somewhat the organisers for not correctly resourcing the safety preparations of the occasion.”

The AFPA is asking on the ACT authorities to independently audit the safety preparations behind Summernats 35 and search reassurances and commitments from the organisers for future occasions.

“The ACT authorities should take a look at the logistical preparations for Summernats, together with the safety plans. Gross negligence has resulted in ACT Policing being left to wash up the mess of others,” says Caruana.

“The organisers’ resolution to de-escalate the scenario and cease the occasion was to easily push the issue on to ACT Policing and the broader group.

“Whereas managing the problems created by quite a lot of Summernats contributors and organisers, ACT Policing members additionally needed to preserve their presence throughout the territory doing the job they’re paid to do.”

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“It’s solely by dumb luck {that a} life-or-death incident didn’t happen throughout this time; police assets would have been considerably delayed because of the issues selfishly brought on by Summernats contributors and organisers.

“The ACT Authorities wants a dedication to offering ample safety inside EPIC for future occasions from the Summernats organisers, and never counting on ACT Policing to unravel their issues for them.” Mr Caruana stated.

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Ian Meikle, editor