A state-wide police operation is underway to ensure the security and safety of people commemorating Anzac Day, NSW Police say.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend commemoration services and ceremonies across the state today tomorrow, marking one of Australia’s most important national occasions.
Operation Blueridge, a high-visibility policing strategy, is in place to provide a safe, secure and family-friendly environment for all Anzac Day events.
The operation, which started at 1am today and will continue into this evening, involves officers from local area commands across the state.
They are being assisted by specialist units, including the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Police Transport Command, Public Order & Riot Squad, Operations Support Group, Licensing Police, Mounted Unit, Dog Unit and PolAir.
Police are patrolling ceremonial areas, including the Cenotaph at Martin Place, along the Anzac Day March route, and the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park South, to ensure the events are enjoyable for everyone attending, particularly veterans, their families and communities.
The march starts at 9am, and members of the public are reminded the route has changed. From this year onwards, it will start at the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Martin Place, and proceed south along Elizabeth Street to Liverpool Street.
Anyone planning to attend events in Sydney CBD is urged to leave the car at home and take public transport. Visit www.transportnsw.info or call 131 500 to plan your trip.
In addition, motorists are advised to allow extra travel time and expect delays, as a number of major road closures will be in place throughout the morning.
Police also remind the community to celebrate Anzac Day reverently and drink responsibly.
“By all means, enjoy the day and raise a glass in honour of the men and women who have served Australia in times of war,” Operation Blueridge Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Kyle Stewart, said.
“However, do not spoil this important national celebration by drinking too much alcohol. Know your limits, behave responsibly and look out for your mates.
“We have hundreds of additional police on duty today, and will not tolerate dangerous, criminal or anti-social behaviour,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Stewart said.
For special-event traffic and transport information, refer to the NSW Transport Info website at www.131500.com.au or call 131500.
For further event information, visit https://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au/events.
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