Out of control: Police say the community is sick of underage parties.
Out of control: Police say the community is sick of underage parties.

Police say they are taking a firm stance to the rise in “juvie” parties across Geraldton.

Sen. Sgt Marty Haime said police and the community were “sick” of disruptive parties attended by drunken underage drinkers almost every weekend.

He said many of the parties, organised on facebook, were getting out of control because of their “open invite policy.”

He said police needed to take a stance before someone was seriously injured.

“There’s a small number of ones in recent times that have been a concern with the way they are being marketed — it’s sort of an open invite policy and there’s no adequate controls in place.

“(It) poses as a pretty big risk for the safety of people going there and people in the neighbourhood as well.

“From what we’ve seen in Perth, people are getting sick of having to deal with damaged cars, reckless driving and all that sort of antisocial behaviour which is what we want to try and avoid.”

Sen. Sgt Haime said police vehicles had been targetted when officers attended a recent party.

Stubbies were thrown at a patrol vehicle, which also had its numberplates ripped off.

“There has been (damage) from time to time and there was some damage to one of our vehicles here in Geraldton,” Sen. Sgt Haime said.

“Once it gets to that stage there clearly haven’t been the controls in place to prevent those things happening.

“Add alcohol and other intoxicants into the equation and there’s other potentials for injury and that’s where we need to get involved.”

But one teenage partygoer, 19, said the police needed to be more amicable with how they shut down parties.

He claimed officers closed down a party at Woorree on September 8, attended by about 150 teenagers.

Local band Artifacts in Motion, winners of the recent Version of a Version song competition at Lat28, were the main act at the party.

“There wasn’t any warning, they just came in and unplugged the sound system while the band was playing,” the teenager said.

“The speakers could have blown and someone could have been hurt.”

Sen. Sgt Haime said police would intervene in parties where there had been complaints about noise or antisocial behaviour.

“The response to noise complaints is a graduated thing,” he said.

“Quite often what can result if warnings aren’t taken into effect, we will take whatever action is necessary to stop that noise from taking place.”

In recent months, police have cracked down on parties at Drummond Cove and Back Beach.

“We’re not there to be fun police and tell people they can’t have parties,” Sen. Sgt Haime said.

“The majority of parties are very well operated and we don’t have any cause to get involved.

“There’s a small element there that seem to display a confrontational market as to the way they want to hold a party.

“Those are the things we need to get involve, in when there’s potential for injury — our core business is community safety.”

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