Country Thunder festival goers are causing little trouble for RCMP so far this year inside the grounds.
23 calls for service were made since 7 AM Thursday morning, which is considered a good start.
Corporal Rob King said that’s a good amount after day one, but they are anticipating more as the weekend goes along.
He adds there’s lots of experience when it comes to policing at Country Thunder this year.
“We’ve been doing Craven for many years now, the Security company and the organizers have been doing Craven for many years,” King said. “We’ve kind of worked our way through, and we’re putting new measures in place every year to try and deal with the crowds, and so far, things are fairly well.”
While eight people were detained overnight, Corporal King said there’s room for many more people in custody if need be.
“We don’t want to hold a lot more, we would hope that everyone would just simply behave and enjoy themselves, but it’s the persons that are either a danger to themselves or a dangers to others, or being a definite obstruction to everyone else here or their own safety are the ones that are held in custody or are incarcerated.”
Of the calls for service, four were for reports of assault, an impaired driving arrest on the grounds, as well as an impaired driving arrest off the grounds.
Outside the grounds, RCMP stopped 270 people. That led to 66 being charged under the traffic safety act with another 85 receiving warnings.