Liza Harvey with a police dog handler and a member of the new party dog squad. Photo: suppliedMore charges could follow Hazelmere out-of-control party havoc
Police have laid more charges over an out-of-control Hazelmere party last weekend – on the same day that a new dog squad was unveiled to deal with such episodes.
Last weekend’s party saw train services temporarily shut down and police revealed on Sunday a 17-year-old boy had been charged with organising a gathering that became out-of-control.
A number of stolen media devices were also allegedly found at a Hazelmere property and the 17-year-old has been charged over these.
He is due to appear in the Midland Children’s Court on July 8.
An 18-year-old man from Bayswater has also been charged over the Hazelmere party.
He has been charged with organising a gathering that became out-of-control and is due to appear in the Midland Magistrates Court on June 26.
Two other teenagers were earlier charged after revellers from the same party jumped onto the tracks at the Woodbridge train station.
Meanwhile, party trouble-makers will soon face some new recruits whose bite is definitely worse than their bark.
Police Minister Liza Harvey announced nine new police dogs would be joining police ranks to specifically help officers crack down on out-of-control gatherings.
Mrs Harvey said that the dogs acted as a very effective deterrent.
“Police tell me it’s quite remarkable the effect one of these dogs can have on an unruly mob. They may abuse officers, but quickly quieten down when a police dog lunges towards them,” Mrs Harvey said.
The minister said of the nine additional dogs, eight had graduated and were on duty, while the remaining dog was still in training.
Mrs Harvey said the canine boost was in addition to fitting out two new riot trucks equipped with shields, helmets, portable video scanning units and computer equipment.
“Out-of-control parties were almost a nightly occurrence on any weekend before we brought in the out-of-control gatherings legislation,” she said.
The legislation allows a court to order the person convicted of hosting an out of control gathering to pay back WA Police costs associated with breaking up the party. Courts have ordered more than $37,000 be repaid so far.
“The message is getting through to parents that if their child hosts a party which is splashed all over the internet and it gets out of control, it’s going to cost them a lot of money,” the minister said. Follow WAtoday on Twitter
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