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Canada Rock Fest no trouble for police

Grand Forks Mounties say they were not especially busy over the weekend, despite 4,000 to 5,000 people coming to town to rock out at Canada Rock Fest.

In a news release, police said between Aug. 4 and 7 they responded to 50 calls, with only a handful related to the Rock Fest. Three people were arrested in alcohol-related disturbances, but no charges are expected.

“From a policing standpoint, this festival could not have gone any better,” Sgt. Darryl Peppler said. “While some credit can go to my officers and the security team, so much credit has to go to the festivalgoers who simply came here to have a good time and enjoy some great music.”

The local detachment beefed up its presence by adding to their usual complement of officers by bringing in extra officers for the three-day event, whose main role was to be seen at the festival and help event security as needed.

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Peppler said RCMP worked closely with the security team prior to and during the festival to ensure a safe, secure, and fun time was had by all.

He also said RCMP will continue to work closely with event organizers and the City of Grand Forks on any issues such as traffic and pedestrian congestion, and parking, especially along 68th Ave alongside the festival grounds.

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