Mandurah police on parties: the kids are alright, the problem lies with parents


AFTER an out-of-control gathering in Lakelands at the weekend, police are asking parents to supervise their children.

Mandurah Response Team south Senior Sergeant Rob Lewis, whose colleague was allegedly attacked by party-goers, said the problem isn’t with today’s teens.

“This isn’t reflective of the youth of today, we have a lot of great kids,” he said.

“(Parents) know where your kids are and hold them accountable.

“Why are your kids out on the street unsupervised?

“Supervise them, control it, you have a responsibility to your neighbours and the community.”

The party at Lakelands blew up when 100s of teens arrived from another party in Madora Bay.

Police had attended Madora Bay due to reports of up to 100 teens aged between 13 and 17 yelling, screaming and smashing bottles.

Some of the youths were found to have then made their way to Lakelands on foot.

Snr Sgt Lewis said parents should also be aware that teens can advertise parties on social media.

“Kids organise these parties on social media, that’s no big surprise, but there’s potential for kids to show up at houses uninvited,” he said.

The parties can then get out of control.

A Facebook group called Mandurah Parties is one place where these gatherings are advertised.

The group has more than 4000 members.

Teens post parties on the page and send the address of the gathering via private message.

Snr Sgt Lewis said what happened on Saturday highlights the potential impacts poorly supervised parties can have on the community.

“It diverts police resources that could be used elsewhere within the wider community,” he said.

“There’s an impact on councils and other residents, who have to fix the damage and clean up afterwards.

“It comes down to a lack of supervision of these kids who have parties.”

He asked parents to know where their kids are and hold them accountable.

“There was a firearm incident in Falcon – this is the sort of stuff police face everyday,” he said.

Mandurah officer in charge Senior Sergeant Stephen Thompson said police will invite themselves to parties.

Mandurah officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Stephen Thompson

“We don’t want to have to attend your event, but rest assured if we do, we will use all our available powers to deal with offenders,” he said.

Snr Sgt Thompson said police have powers under legislation to order the party host to pay compensation costs to police for their response to the gathering.

“If you are hosting a party, you have a duty-of-care for the safety and wellbeing of your guests,” he said.

“While you want them to have a good time you also want to minimise the potential for harm to persons and property as a result of excessive alcohol consumption or gate crashers.”

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