Close co-operation keeps crime levels low

POLICE SAY the close working between officers and on-site security staff from G4S at V Festival Staffordshire saw crime levels at the event remain low.

Dave Holdway superintendent, local policing for Newcastle, Moorlands, East Staffs and Stafford said: “Another successful V Festival operation saw crime levels remain low. This was due in no small measure to the joint working between the police and G4S, which this year has witnessed new levels of integration.”

The G4S Event Support Team members successfully carried out a number of the roles previously undertaken by the police, as well as conducting joint patrols with police officers around the arena, campsites and village area.

“The commitment, professionalism and enthusiasm of our G4S colleagues was of the highest standard,” continued Holdway, “and has cemented a strong working relationship that we intend to develop further in the coming years.”

Andy Redhead, the head of production for the V Festival at SJM Concerts, said: “G4S’ close co-operation with the police provided an excellent standard of security and safety for this year’s festival-goers. The efforts of the G4S team meant we could provide a peaceful and friendly environment, in turn ensuring everyone could enjoy great music and everything the V Festival has to offer in a safe and secure atmosphere.”

Eric Alexander, managing director for G4S Events, added: “Our significant operation at the recent V Festival resulted in a very high level of safety and security, allowing the event to run smoothly, and with a welcome fall in the number of recorded incidents.”