Posted on 30th July 2018
For the past few days, a group of our officers and staff have been at Y Not? Festival, helping the organisers and security crew keep tens of thousands of people safe.
The festival was expected to draw up to 30,000 people to a cluster of fields at Pikehall, on the edge of the Peak District, for three days of live music and entertainment.
That posed a significant policing challenge for us - how to keep that many people safe and make sure they left the festival with new friends, fantastic memories, and all of their belongings.
For months, we have been working with the festival organisers, Showsec event security, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council and many others to fine tune the joint effort.
We've put together this short video to showcase how that effort culminated in Operation Pangol, the policing of Y Not? Festival 2018.
Our involvement included having officers patrolling the festival to engage with people and chat to them about their security; plain clothes patrols looking for people acting suspiciously and dealing drugs; nighttime searches around the campsites with the festival security crew; road patrols around the edges of the site to stop people trying to sneak in; and police cadets handing out safety tips.
We also had a mobile police station with two dedicated staff on hand to take reports in person from people who unfortunately found themselves the victims of crime.
During the weekend, we seized a large amount of drugs and arrested several people on suspicion of possessing drugs with the intent to deal them within the festival. We also took several reports of thefts from tents, and thefts from the person. All of these are in the process of being fully investigated.
The Y Not? Festival operation was just one of many that we run throughout the year, from smaller events to more complex ones that will bring tens of thousands of all ages to our door.
And although Y Not might be over for this year, it won't be long until we start planning for the 2019 event - and plenty of other events, too.
It's all part of our efforts to make sure people who live in and visit Derbyshire can do so safe in the knowledge that we are here to try and keep them safe.