Police want to be on the invite list to parties in Hawke's Bay this summer.
While the officers may not turn up with meat for the barbecue, they want to know about it. Police and Roadsafe Hawke's Bay have created a party register to record where parties are being held around the district each weekend.
Senior Sergeant Freddy van Duuren said it was designed to help police keep track of where any trouble may emerge, allowing them to respond quickly if needed.
People that register their parties will receive a free ''party pack'' full of useful advice on running a safe party and being a responsible host.
Roadsafe Hawke's Bay had also created a website that gives tips on how to avoid gatecrashers and keep the noise in control.
Mr van Duuren said it was busiest time of year for police and the register would help ''keep a lid on disorder and other alcohol-related crime''.
''While most parties are great and are well-controlled by the organisers, there are a few that go haywire. Often it's a bad mix of too much alcohol and youthful exuberance.''
Mr van Duuren said police would be taking a zero tolerance approach to brawling, disorder and violence both on private property and in public places over the festive season. Extra police will be on duty well into the New Year.
- The Dominion Post
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