GPD pleased with violence-free festival

No plans for downtown police beat

The Gilroy Police Department is pleased to say that there were
no reported fights at the 33rd Gilroy Garlic Festival Friday
through Sunday, said Sgt. Chad Gallacinao.
The Gilroy Police Department is pleased to say that there were no reported fights at the 33rd Gilroy Garlic Festival Friday through Sunday, said Sgt. Chad Gallacinao.

“There’s been fights over the last decade if not longer, but this is the first time in recent history there’s been no reported fights,” he said Monday morning.

“It shows multiple things, that the festival association is taking security seriously and that everyone wants their community to enjoy their event.”

The GPD – and its 58 police officers – joined with outside agencies to keep festival-goers safe, including Morgan Hill Police Department, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department, Campbell Police Department, state patrol and county probation officers.

The only major criminal incident at the festival was an arrest of a 28-year-old male for smoking marijuana. Once arrested, GPD found he had a warrant for his arrest and the suspect was in possession of approximately 7 grams of cocaine.

Gallacinao said they made a few drunk in public arrests, as well. There were reports of a theft and vandalism, but no arrests were made.

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