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October 17, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Bellingham ‘party patrols’ to increase following weekend riot

Authorities in Bellingham will band together to increase ‘party patrols’ over the next few weeks after a party turned into a riot last weekend.

The patrols will include officers from the Bellingham Police Department, police from Western Washington University and Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and will focus on residential areas of Bellingham.

Police will use a “Party Bus” to respond to problem parties where arrests result, according to police. If needed, the the Sheriff’s Office will provide a mobile booking vehicle, along with corrections officers to assist with processing those arrested.

“Parties that get out of control are not only a noise or nuisance concern, they are a public safety issue. And we will not tolerate any outbreaks of violence,” Bellingham Police Chief Clifford Cook said in a news release.

Police say they are not trying to ban parties, but will respond to complaints.

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