No 'publicity' a key to safe party plans
AN INCREASE in wild parties promoted on social media has made headlines across the state this week, but Warwick police officer in charge Senior Sergeant Stewart Day said while Warwick hadn't seen a spike in such events, he warned parents to be vigilant of what could happen.
"Out-of-control parties are not a major issue for us here and we certainly haven't seen an increase in them," Snr Sgt Day said.
"I think at this stage we have a good handle on parties."
He said social media was a breeding ground for communication, which could ultimately have dire consequences if the details of private parties were shared online.
"We certainly discourage people from advertising parties on Facebook and we promote the Party Safe program."
Party Safe is a police initiative that urges hosts to register their event with police and gives hosts tips on how to hold a safe party.
"People can get wristbands from us to use at their party so only invited guests can get in and we encourage security for events like after-school parties and 18ths and 21sts," Snr Sgt Day said.
"Certainly what we do want is for parents to monitor their children's' activities and if they are going to a party, try contacting the host beforehand to check the situation.
"Parents should also drop off and collect their kids from parties if they can."
As far as penalties go for hosting wild parties, Queensland police has no specific penalties in place, unless they commit an offence, unlike that of the Western Australian model which Police Minister Jack Dempsey is hoping to bring across to the east.
Under WA laws, the host of a wild party could potentially face up to a $12,000 fine and a year in jail.
Mr Dempsey said he was looking at the WA model and analysing ways to apply it to Queensland's system.