Strong police presence at the event
Elements Music Festival on this weekend
Edmonton Police are encouraging people attending the Elements Music Festival this weekend to be sure that they have a safe and enjoyable time.
“There will be a strong police presence at this event, in an effort to increase public safety and to support other agencies on site,” explained Sergeant Nicole Chapdelaine. “EPS has been working in partnership with Northlands, the City of Edmonton and other civic organizations to properly plan for and police this two-day festival.”
Sergeant Chapdelaine of the EPS Public Safety Compliance Team says police drug detection dogs will be at the site to ensure that drugs are not brought into the festival.
Participants are also encouraged to plan their travel home from the show. Edmonton Transit will be extending LRT service, but only on a limited basis. “The music festival is scheduled to run from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday,” said Marc Lefurgey, General Supervisor for the City of Edmonton Transportation Department. “The City has extended LRT service to and from the Expo Centre (Northlands site) with the last south-bound train departing Coliseum Station at 3:19 a.m. and the final north-bound train leaving at 3:21 a.m. both mornings”.
“This is an opportunity to provide safe transit to and from the event for those individuals who choose to use public transit. However, it is important to note that bus service will not be extended beyond normal hours, so people need to plan ahead if their final destination is not on the LRT route.”
Sergeant Chapdelaine also cautioned festival participants to avoid drinking and driving. She suggests that festival goers make arrangements with their family and friends to be picked up, or appoint a designated driver in their group.
“We want festival participants to have a great experience, and proactively making plans to get home safely in the early-morning hours is a necessary step to making that happen,” says Chapdelaine.
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