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Welcome to the home of policing at Reading Festival 2012.
Here you can find lots of information on how to stay safe, and get a unique insight into policing the world’s oldest popular music festival still in existence (albeit through several musical phases over the years!)
Reading Festival is held at Little John's Farm on Richfield Avenue in central Reading, near the Caversham Bridge.
The policing operation at the 2011 Reading Festival resulted in a fall in crime at the event. In 2011, there were 250 reported crimes on site, and in 2010 there were 445 festival offences. The main crime type, as in previous years, was thefts from tents which totalled 139. There were 51 thefts from people, and 32 drug offences.
Superintendent Stuart Greenfield, who will be Silver Commander at the Festival, said: “Thames Valley Police will again be working closely with Festival Republic in support of the stewarding operation at this year’s Reading Festival in order to keep the event as safe as possible for those attending and to minimise disruption to local communities.
“We will be carrying out high-visibility patrols within the site and surrounding areas and at the same time deploying covert officers to identify and apprehend criminals. The past two years have seen a significant reduction in all crime types and we are confident of building on that success this year.”
[image: Twitter logo] Visit our Reading Festival Twitter feed (opens new window) - our Reading Festival team were on site, tweeting about what we were up to.
Check out the official Reading Festival website (opens new window), for all the Reading Festival essentials from the event organisers, Festival Republic.