Travis County Sheriff Deputies Receive Party Control Training
On May 4, 2011, more than two dozen Travis County Sheriff Deputies received training on
conducting Underage Drinking Party Control and Dispersal techniques. Instruction was provided by agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission sponsored by the Greater Austin Underage Drinking Prevention Council.
Deputies will use the training during the upcoming months to enforce underage drinking laws throughout Travis County. Additional trainings are planned for area law enforcement agencies, according to the Council.
The specialized training teaches law enforcement officers how to recognize potential underage drinking parties while on patrol, then apply a systematic operational plan using Zero Tolerance enforcement to close an underage drinking party safely and efficiently. Minors who are consuming or in possession of alcohol at the house parties are either arrested and taken to jail or provided citations and a parent is called. Adults who provide the alcohol are subject to arrest and charged with a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $4000 and confinement in jail not to exceed one year. Information gathered at underage drinking parties is forward to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for further investigation as to where the minor obtained alcohol.
“This is active enforcement to reinforce that underage drinking parties will not be tolerated.” According to spokesperson with the Greater Austin Underage Drinking Prevention Council, underage drinking parties create environments that foster dangerous risk-taking behaviors. House parties often lead to additional crimes including, alcohol poisoning, community disturbances, violence, sexual assaults, traffic crashes and property damage.