Police praise crowd at NRL grand final

Police have praised the 83,000-strong crowd at the NRL grand final in Sydney for their good behaviour.

Several units from the police force joined together under Operation Peard, ready to tackle any signs of unruliness in the ground and on the roads and trains pumping the thousands in to see the game at ANZ Stadium.

Despite the home team, Canterbury, losing three tries to one in the low-scoring grand final to Melbourne, there was very little trouble for police to contend with.

Police and security expelled 43 people from the stadium for intoxication and anti-social behaviour.

One person was charged with assaulting police, another person was issued a ticket for giving alcohol to an intoxicated patron, and four people were fined for offensive conduct.

“It was great to see genuine fans there to watch the game they love, and for families to enjoy rugby league’s pinnacle event in a safe environment,” Operation Peard commander Detective Superintendent Peter Lennon said in a statement.

Supt Lennon also gave his officers a pat on the back for their work.

“A high-visibility policing operation at the stadium and on trains to and from Olympic Park no doubt contributed to the good result,” he said.

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