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NSW Police launch 'Operation Monarch' ahead of commemorations across Sydney this weekend

Saturday, 10 September 2022 02:05:39 PM

The NSW Police Force has launched a high-visibility operation to ensure community safety as we mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the accession of His Majesty The King, Charles the Third, King of Australia, under ‘Operation Monarch’ this weekend.

Significant police resources will be deployed across the city in the interest of public safety, including at the Royal Botanic Gardens memorial site where a floral tribute has been established, and outside NSW Parliament House where a proclamation ceremony will take place.

The NSW Police Force band and members of the NSW Police Mounted Unit will be performing ceremonial duties in support of the proclamation event.

The proclamation ceremony for His Majesty King Charles III, will take place outside NSW Parliament House from 12.30pm tomorrow (Sunday 11 September 2022), with the general public invited to view the event from Macquarie Street.

Operation Commander, Superintendent Anthony Bell, said extra police resources will be deployed to ensure a safe and secure environment for those who will be attending both event locations.

“We will be working closely with other agencies to ensure the free-flow of vehicular, pedestrian and commuter traffic around the event and across the Sydney CBD.

“With large crowds expected to gather at the floral tribute site and in Macquarie Street, we will be deploying general and specialist resources to ensure the safety of community members attending these events,” Superintendent Anthony Bell said.

Operation Monarch is a high visibility operation which will involve general duties officers, assisted by specialist police, including the Public Order and Riot Squad, Operations Support Group, the Dog & Mounted Unit, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Police Transport Command and the Security Management Unit.

For the safety of participants and spectators, temporary road closures and special-event clearways will be in place throughout the city, and we are urging people to plan ahead and use public transport.

Drivers should expect significant delays and take care, as there is expected to be a significant increase in pedestrian traffic.

For official floral tribute site head to https://www.nsw.gov.au/sovereign

For information regarding road closures head to https://www.livetraffic.com/

Transport information is available at https://transportnsw.info/