NSW police has issued a statewide warning as the nation prepares to commemorate Anzac Day.
Police urged people to be sensible and responsible and to take responsibility for themselves and others.
“This day is about honouring the brave men and women who have served our country, and paying tribute to those who died fighting for our freedom,” Superintendent Mark Walton said.
“Like all major events, we want people to enjoy Anzac Day in a safe, secure environment, without the fear of being subjected to anti-social behaviour to alcohol-related crime,” he said.
Police also reminded all residents to drink responsibly throughout the day.
“We do want people to enjoy themselves and toast the memory of their fallen colleagues, family and friends,” Superintendent Walton said.
“Alcohol impairs your judgement and can lead to very poor decision making, so take time to think about the consequences of yours.”
The calls for safety were echoed by the NSW ambulance service, with paramedics urging communities to to be prepared.
Chief Superintendent Jason Stone said from experience paramedics knew most medical incidents on Anzac Day can be avoided by planning ahead.
“With a high number of elderly people attending the services, Anzac Day is quite unique from our point of view,” Superintendent Stone said.
“Besides being an emotional day for a lot of participants, a common issue is people forgetting to bring their medications or failing to take them properly.
“We also attend a lot of incidents were people faint due to fatigue or dehydration. To minimise this risk, we advise people to eat properly before attending Anzac Day services.”