Police Place Warning To All Melbourne Racegoers
Victoria Police will be out in force during the Melbourne Cup carnival, checking bags and keeping a watchful eye on anti-social behaviour.
People found drunk in public places could be hit with an on-the-spot fine of $622, and if they are drunk and disorderly it'll be $777.
"It's a significant penalty," Commander Russell Barrett said on Wednesday.
Last year, police evicted nine people and arrested five people over the four day carnival, which was small number given more than 300,000 people attended. A woman was arrested after a camera caught her pushing a police officer into a bush.
"I'm particularly keen to see everyone come and enjoy themselves, respect other patrons and respect the police," Commander Barrett said.
"We've got a job to do, and our job is to enable other people to enjoy the event."
But Commander Barrett does admit that overall, behaviour has improved.
"I've worked this event for many many years and I've seen a steady gradual improvement in behaviour," he said.
Large numbers of officers will be inside and outside the racecourse but police aren't saying how many.
DrinkWise will be handing out water bottles to people entering the racecourse.
It's also secured an agreement with ride sharing service Uber, which have a pick up and drop off point at the track.
The first day of the Melbourne Cup carnival is Saturday, with Derby Day, followed by the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.