The State Government is drafting laws to give police greater powers to enter properties where parties have been declared out of control.

Premier Colin Barnett revealed the proposed increase in powers in a speech to the WA Police Union conference which started in Fremantle this morning.

Out of control parties are increasingly becoming a weekend blight as gatecrashers and party guests fight running battles and take on police sent to control the outbreaks.

A man was charged after bottles were allegedly thrown at police officers and their vehicle outside a party in Armadale on Saturday night.

Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said the new powers would give police the ability to enter homes without a warrant.

It would enable them to deal with the immediate problem caused by the party but it would do nothing to solve the wider social issues that fuel the party violence, he said.

Mr Barnett also told the conference that Cabinet was considering laws that would provide tougher penalties for people who evade police, sparking vehicle pursuits.

Police union members said earlier this month that high-speed pursuits should be banned until the State Government introduces legislation that would hold suspects responsible for anything criminal that occurs during a chase.

In the conference agenda the branch representing the union hierarchy said existing laws were grossly inadequate that offenders "must be held accountable and legally liable for all offences that occur as a result of them failing to stop for police, whether they be direct or otherwise".

Mr O'Callaghan told union delegates that he wanted to address greater protection for officers.

The commissioner also revealed that community forums have been cancelled amid concerns they had been hijacked by local politicians.

The West Australian

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