Greg Evans posted this photo of the Public Order and Riot Squad in Byron Bay to the Byron Bay Community Board group on Facebook.
Greg Evans posted this photo of the Public Order and Riot Squad in Byron Bay to the Byron Bay Community Board group on Facebook.

Why the riot squad appeared in Byron CBD

POLICE have confirmed why riot squad officers were spotted in Byron Bay today.

"Officers attached to the NSW Police Public and Order Riot Squad had been deployed to the Byron Shire today (for a prearranged commitment from several months prior," a NSW Police spokesperson said in a statement.

"Due to scheduling beyond our control, their original reason for deployment has no longer proceeded.

"As a result, the unit has been conducting proactive taskings in and around the area to best utilise their resources."

Police were not able to confirm why they had originally been deployed to the region.