Ever After Music Festival sees huge drop in non-traffic charges laid

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Despite an extra evening of music and an increase in attendance, festival goers at Ever After were better behaved than ever.

That’s according to a police services board meeting report released on Friday.

The electronic dance music festival began in 2017. That year, police dealt with more than 340 incidents over the course of the three-day music festival.

Fast forward to 2019, where police faced just 53 incidents in a crowd of an estimated 41,000 people.

The overall number of charges technically increased slightly compared to 2018, but the vast majority of those, 16 out of 19, were traffic violations. That’s thanks to a first-year traffic initiative.

“This was the first year for this initiative so there are no comparable statistics from previous years,” the report reads in part.

Otherwise, just a single criminal code charge was laid and two liquor charges were handed out.

That’s compared to 22 non-traffic charges in 2017 and 17 non-traffic charges in 2018.

A chart showing the number of charges laid

Meanwhile, the music festival saw an increase in the number of health-related incidents compared to last year’s event.

Ambulance transports, hospitalizations and noise complaints were all up.

This year’s festival also added an extra night and an increase in attendance, both of which could be responsible for the increases.

Forty people were treated by paramedics over the festival’s four nights, and 34 of those were transported to hospital.



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