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Police complimentary about organisation of BGO

Mon 13 Feb 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News

Yesterday's Get It On Big Gay Out was a "well run event" in the view of the Police and one which presented them with no problems as they policed the country's biggest annual glbti event at Auckland's Coyle Park. Senior Sergeant Rod Salt, who headed up the police presence at the BGO, says there were no behaviour problems other than some rowdy youths drinking "but they just happened to be at the park and were not there for the Big Gay Out itself," he says. At one stage Police needed to find the parent of a lost boy "but that was fixed up very quickly" Salt says. Overall, it was "a well-run day." The NZAF estimates 14,000 people attended the event which they organise every year as part of their community outreach programme and to assist with research. Salt says he is unable to provide an independent estimate of the size of the crowd "as it's spread out over such a wide area and people come and go throughout the day... it's impossible for us to get a realistic feel for that." You can discuss this New Zealand gay community news story in the Forum.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Monday, 13th February 2012 - 12:25pm

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