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EITHER the warnings were heeded or, more likely, yesterday's crackdown on rail violence at Bulldogs games was a giant case of overkill.
The police response to rail union threats and political pressure against rail violence ended up an anti-climax in the glorious late winter sunshine and a thumping victory over Canberra at Telstra Stadium.
Canterbury supporters, mostly in buoyant family groups after winning 52-4, emerged happy from the stadium to amble through lines of police, some uniformed or in dark blue overalls and others on bicycles guarding the front of Olympic Park station.
It was much the same at Lidcombe station, where a dozen or more officers stood twiddling their thumbs without so much as a raucous chant to scold.
A half-time assessment of the happy 12,000 crowd could have told police that their resources might be more useful elsewhere but they were committed because of an industrial stoush earlier in the week over security levels for games involving the troubled club.
At a media conference earlier in the day to announce the results of a five-week operation on train violence, the Minister for Police, Dave Campbell, warned fans to behave themselves because police would be targeting troublespots on the network. There were none. In fact, the last notation on the police running sheet was the 11am media conference.
"Those people who are travelling on the train intent on causing grief, understand that you are likely to be caught," Mr Campbell had said.
"And you should take personal responsibility to behave yourself on the network because there will be policing out there in an effort to track you down and charge you."
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