‘Local policing’ approach to festival

With the Wickerman Festival expecting crowds from across Scotland as well as Galloway, Police Scotland is calling on all festival goers to have fun, but keep themselves safe.

Inspector Amanda Scott, event planner for The Wickerman Festival, said: “The organisers, the emergency services and the many agencies involved have packed in a power of work within months of planning to deliver what will be another world class festival. It is a true team effort.

‘‘Some of our officers and staff have played a part at The Wickerman since its early beginnings. From a policing perspective events of this magnitude will bring their own set of challenges but it is a rewarding and enjoyable experience for those involved.

“It is fair to say that the majority of officers and staff are from Dumfries and Galloway Division and our approach of local community style policing at the event continues.

‘‘Police officers will be operating within all areas of the venue. They are available to you so please take the opportunity to speak with them, particularly if you have any queries or concerns.

‘‘Our priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our communities, including the community that gathers for the weekend on-site. We want people to have fun and enjoy what is sure to be another excellent festival.

‘‘At the same time we want them to look after themselves, have respect for others and be mindful that what is against the law in Scotland is also against the law within any festival venue in Scotland.’’