Steve Blair (centre) organises a small portion of the extra police in Kyogle yesterday for today’s start of the Repco Rally. The 150 extra police include Highway Patrol and Traffic Support officers, the elite Trail Bike Squad and the Public Order Riot Squad.
Steve Blair (centre) organises a small portion of the extra police in Kyogle yesterday for today’s start of the Repco Rally. The 150 extra police include Highway Patrol and Traffic Support officers, the elite Trail Bike Squad and the Public Order Riot Squad. Jacklyn Wagner

Police to override unrest at rally

NSW Police arrived in force in Kyogle yesterday to oversee traffic and crowds as the Repco Rally prepared to get under way.

A total of 150 police have been deployed across the region including the Highway Patrol and the Public Order Riot Squad.

The Highway Patrol contingent is made up of 14 trail bikes which will patrol the rally route ahead of the race to ensure it is clear and secure, and six road bikes to patrol main arterial roads.

Inspector Steve Blair, of the Highway Patrol, said the primary role of his squad of elite riders was to enforce the road safety message.

“Our key responsibility is road safety,” he said.

“These riders are certified and highly trained in road craft and high speed vehicle manoeuvring. They're here to support the local communities.

“If we can help in any way people should let us know because the police are part of the community too.”

The operation is under the joint command of Superintendent Michael Henry, from Tweed Local Area Command, and Superintendent Bruce Lyons, of the Richmond Local Area Command.

“I should also mention this wouldn't be possible without the combined efforts of Tweed and Kyogle councils and the Roads and Traffic Authority,” Inspector Blair said.

“Police place great emphasis on the success of the event, in which road safety plays a huge role.

“Our role is to reduce road trauma and allow the free movement of traffic and people. We will maintain a high visibility presence in conjunction with local police. This is such a beautiful region I'm sure many people will be attracted to the event.”



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