By Jamie Perez | email@example.com
Party Patrols is returning to Sioux City. With the start of school under way, underage drinking is a reality that the Sioux City Police Department deals with.
By utilizing their party patrol units, they're taking matters into their own hands.
"Typically when we do party patrols, we have a zero tolerance policy to underage drinking," says Sergeant Brad Bollinger of the Sioux City Police Department. "Everyone at the party would get a citation regardless if they are drinking or not. As long as you're there, you're participating in the disorderly house, so they would receive a citation as well."
Officer Tom Gill says he's worked several party patrols and thinks it's good to fund the overtime and extra units to really get the message across while not taking away from the other calls the police department responds to throughout the night.
"It's nice to have the Party Patrol because then it doesn't tie up officers off the street to handle those calls," says Officer Tom Gill of the Sioux City Police Department. "You have a group of officers that are just working those types of calls."
Party Patrols is funded through a $75,000 grant given by the Jackson Recovery Centers in an effort to keep people from needing their services.
"Party Patrols is one of the evidence-based programs that's been found to be very effective," says Davidson Wissing, Iowa Partnerships for Success coordinator. "It helps prevent underage drinking and keep our community safe and it does that by increasing the consequences of underage drinking and it's increasing the likelihood of someone being cited for underage drinking. This is one of our many efforts to try to keep people from needing our services."
They realize they can't prevent underage drinking from happening altogether, but simply want minors to be aware of the consequences they face should they choose to break the law.
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