Police praise crowds during ANZAC Day commemorations

The NSW Police Force is pleased with the behaviour of crowds attending ANZAC Day commemoration ceremonies across Sydney.

Operation ANZAC Day 2019, a high-visibility policing strategy, was established to provide a safe and secure environment for ANZAC Day events.

In the Sydney CBD, police from general duties and specialist units patrolled ceremonial areas to ensure the community could enjoy the day respectfully.

Of note, a 26-year-old man was arrested after allegedly throwing beer cans at police during the Dawn Service in Martin Place.

During the arrest, police will allege the man became violent and verbally abused officers. He was taken to Sydney City Police Station where he was charged with offensive behaviour, and resist arrest.

The man was granted conditional bail to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday 15 May 2019.

In a separate incident, a 48-year-old man was issued a court notice after allegedly disrupting an ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Brisbane Street at Cowra.

Officers from Chifley Police District approached the man and issued him a move-on direction; however, he allegedly continued to use offensive language as he was leaving.

The man was placed under arrest before he alleged struggled with officers. The man’s dog then bit one of the officers on his boot.

He was issued a court attendance notice for behave in offensive manner, resist police, and assault police, and is due to appear in Cowra Local Court on Wednesday 19 June 2019.

Operation Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Tony Cooke, said the vast majority of people showed respect towards each other and our service personnel.

“ANZAC Day is an opportunity for the community to come together and recognise the courage and sacrifice of our servicemen and women, both past and present, and that is exactly what Sydney did today.

“It was great to see the ANZAC spirit on display with crowds cheering on veterans, their families and members of the community in marches, which have been both safe and successful.

“Police responded to a few isolated incidents but were pleased to see crowds paying their respects appropriately on one of the country’s most important national days.

“A reminder to those who are still enjoying the afternoon to act responsibly, know your limits and look out for your friends who may be intoxicated,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Cooke said.

The police operation will remain in force throughout the evening.

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