Name: Shirley Eden
What is your role at Glastonbury? Media Liaison.
What does this role involve? Responding to any spontaneous requests for police related media events. Making sure the media, and therefore the public, are well briefed is essential for an event of this size.
Have you been involved in Glastonbury before? Yes, practically every year since 1993
If so, what have your previous roles been? PC Mounted section, PC Roads Policing, Sgt Mounted Section, Sgt Operational Planning, Security Liaison officer, Media liaison.
What are you Glastonbury highlights? Arresting a team of people selling fraudulent passes, arresting a number of people dealing in class A drugs (this was back in the 1990’s), meeting Paul Weller (hero)
If you could give one key message to members of the public going to the festival, what would it be? Leave your valuables at home or use the free lock ups. Be prepared for extremes of weather very hot (rare) or heavy rain (not so rare). Have a great time. That was three but never mind!
Name: Paul Mogg
What is your role at Glastonbury? Constabulary Planning Lead and Police Tactical Commander for our Late shift
What does this role involve? In the planning phase – reviewing and working up our costed operational plans to deliver a safe and enjoyable festival in partnership with GFEL and all of the other supporting agencies; and once the operation goes live – responsible for the tactical command of all police resources during the late shift
Have you been involved in Glastonbury before? Yes, as a PC, Sgt, Inspector, Chief Inspector (Bronze Commander) and now as Superintendent (Silver Commander)
If so, what have your previous roles been? From a patrol PC on a police public order serial in the 90s right through lead Silver Commander
What are you Glastonbury highlights? Working consistently with a dedicated group of volunteers three years in a row to reduce overnight thefts from tents and finally after chasing shadows in year one and evolving the tactics, seeing the prisoners role in through years two and three
If you could give one key message to members of the public going to the festival, what would it be? People often say to patrolling officers on site, why can’t their Police be like Glastonbury Festival Police. So my message is, be aware of your unconscious bias – because, we are your Police
Name: Paul Bunt
Rank: Drugs Strategy lead for Avon and Somerset Police
What is your role at Glastonbury? Drug Strategy Lead
What does this role involve? Reducing the harm caused from illegal substances and providing “Expert advice” on all potential drug supply cases.
Have you been involved in Glastonbury before? Yes the last 9 years
If so, what have your previous roles been? Same
What are you Glastonbury highlights? 4 young men telling me that they had just been high as a kite and had enjoyed a really good time on some Ecstasy tablets we had found. They turned out to be Plaster of Paris which just goes to show you don’t need drugs to have a good time!!!
If you could give one key message to members of the public going to the festival, what would it be? Have a great time but don’t rely on having that good time on substances that are not what they seem and could have absolutely anything in them.
Name: Rob Millican
What is your role at Glastonbury? Lead the police planning team in the build up to the festival. During it, I am the late tour police bronze commander on site.
What does this role involve? My planning role involves overseeing the police plans for the event and the team involved including resourcing, budgets, operational orders / plans, police response, logistics, multi-agency liaison, attending meetings etc.
During the event, I will be briefing officers on a daily basis providing them with patrol strategies, overseeing the police patrols / response to incidents on site, and being the on-site operational commander.
Have you been involved in Glastonbury before? Yes many times. This is my third year as a planner and I have worked operationally at the event for many years.
If so, what have your previous roles been? The roles I have undertaken include – PC, Primary Support Unit (operational support group) as a PC, Sergeant and Inspector, briefing officer, off-site incident commander, on-site incident commander and of planner.
What are you Glastonbury highlights? Watching the crowd during the Madness performance on the Pyramid stage – people of all ages really having a good time. It was also great to see how popular Dolly Parton was. Personally, it is always great to see the event grow and us overcoming issues and everyone enjoying a safe festival.
If you could give one key message to members of the public going to the festival, what would it be? I would say stay safe, look after yourself, friends and your property. Have an enjoyable event and come and speak to the police if you see us on patrol.
Name: Scott McPherson and Charlie Lowe
Rank: Media Officer and Digital Communications Officer
What is your role at Glastonbury? We are in charge of promoting all aspects of policing at the festival. We will be taking over the @PoliceAtGlasto Twitter and Instagram account to interact with festival-goers, publish our best officer selfies and arm everyone with information on the latest incidents. We are also in charge of a team of social media ambassadors – officers from different departments who will be Tweeting about their roles, experiences and photos they have taken while out and about.
What does this role involve? As well as updating the public on our social media channels, we are also in charge of liaising with the media and making sure all local and national media outlets have the latest information, news and interviews. Scott is on-call 24/7 for the whole festival to deal with any media issues arising out of emergency incidents.
Have you been involved in Glastonbury before? Scott was the police media officer for last year’s festival and has been several times as a member of the public.
What are your Glastonbury highlights? Last year was a pretty spectacular festival with highlights including Lionel Richie, Mary J Blige and Kanye – controversial but entertaining! In terms of our role, we had a massive surge in our social media followers and hits on this very website – we want more of that this year please!!
If you could give one key message to members of the public going to the festival, what would it be? Make sure you follow @PoliceAtGlasto on Twitter and Instagram for all the latest info from us. Also, make sure you oblige any officers wanting a selfie with you – they won’t bite! Then tweet us using #Policeselfie