Biker gang members charged under WA’s tough new badge laws after pool party

“In the future, bikes will need more than just a swimming pool to get rid of the heat applied to them,” he said.

“This is just the beginning…Now is the time to get rid of the tattoos, get out of the gang or get out of Western Australia.”

Acting Commissioner of Police Colonel Blanch said they had doubled the size of the Gang Response Team and WA Police were taking the task seriously.

“We’ve already had statutory declarations and letters from gang members saying I’m not in this club anymore, and I’m getting my tattoos removed, that’s what we want to see,” he said.

The dispersal notices, valid for a period of seven days, give police the power to disperse gang members who gather in public places.

A number of clubs have also sought to comply with the new laws, by covering or painting over club logos or badges.

In March last year, Police Commissioner Chris Dawson first announced plans to reform laws relating to outlaw motorcycle gangs, following a landmark arrest linked to the ‘scandalous murder’ of the former rebel boss Nick Martin in a crowded public place.

A bill proposing similar motorcycle gang legislation in WA failed to pass parliament in 2020 after hitting a roadblock in the upper house.

The bill aims to protect the community from the risk of intimidation and violence by members of identified organizations.

“The bill will disrupt and restrict communication and networking among offenders; criminalize the display of insignia of identified criminal organizations; and disrupt the ability of members of identified organizations to congregate in public places,” reads an overview of the new laws.

Acting Commissioner Blanch said they have not yet had recourse to law enforcement against illegal consortia, but are in the process of preparing two orders against gang members.

“It’s probably the most powerful tool we have, and we don’t want to abuse it because if you end up with one of these anti-consortium notices, you won’t be able to be part of your club,” he said.

“These are very powerful laws and we take them very seriously. ”

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