Stawell police have called on town residents hosting Christmas and New Year parties to register their festivities through Victoria Police’s new Partysafe Program.
The program is being trialed to try and minimise risks to safety at parties such as violence, intoxicated guests, or gatecrashers.
Stawell Senior Constable Nathaniel Warren said noise complaints were a recurring problem at Stawell and this new program could help police monitor and control these situations.
“Registering your party is important because it ensures police are aware of the event and can provide timely assistance if things start to get out of hand,” he said.
“It is a crucial message to get out to the public before people begin hosting parties for Christmas and New Year.”
The program recommends residents complete the Victoria Police Partysafe Program registration form online, print a copy and submit it at the Stawell Police Station.
Senior Constable Warren said keeping people safe was a top priority during the Christmas and New Year festive periods.
“When you register consider the number of people likely to attend your party, if there will be alcohol, informing your neighbours, obtaining consent from the parents or guardians of underage drinkers, responsible serving and provision of alcohol, adult supervision or appropriate security and a medical emergency plan,” he said.
“Please try to register your party at least one week before it is being held.”
The program also recommends residents print the Partysafe Program Poster to place at the front door after registering.
“This shows guests the party has been registered with Victoria Police,” Senior Constable Warren said.
“We want people to have fun during this exciting time of the year, but we also want people to be safe and that is our number one priority.”
The Victoria Police Partysafe Program is an initiative by Safer Communities Unit.
For more information contact Stawell police on 5358 8222.
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