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.
Reality Party shows parent underage drinking event
May 6, 2017 — Santa Monica parents, educators and concerned residents are invited to take part in an event Saturday intended to educate them about the current realities of underage drinking and drug use at teen parties, other wise known as a Reality Party.
According to the California Healthy Kids Survey 2014 – 2015, an SMMUSD survey showed 50% of high school juniors say they drink at least one per month. Similarly, the Santa Monica Cradle to Career Youth Wellbeing Report Card in 2014 said 1 in 3 students reported binge drinking in the last 30 days.
Those are just the numbers. Since Jan. 2017, there have been two local Santa Monica teens who have passed away, Andre Zuczek and Leslie Hernandez. Zuczek, 15, was experimenting with LSD when he fell off an apartment building. Hernandez, 17, was found along the bank of the Los Angeles River in Long Beach. Authorities say her death is being investigated as a possible drug overdose. The two tragic losses has lead to the Reality Party. The event will offer parents a tour of a mock teen house party. Students from Santa Monica High School will depict scripted yet realistic scenes of overindulgent drinking games, the pressure to binge drink and the availability and accessibility of popular drugs.
The party is meant to simulate a high school party and allows tour participants to view various scenes at a mock house party depicting binge drinking, drinking games, marijuana, prescription drug use and the risk of alcohol and sex.
“It’s a very eye-opening experience for adults. A survey of last year’s attendees showed they were most surprised to learn about the role of social media when it comes to getting the word out about parties and posting pictures,” Dana Sherrod, Representative of the Westside Impact Project.
After the tour the debriefing session will be conducted by a panel of law enforcement, school administrators, substance abuse counselors, parents and youth in recovery to discuss what happened during the tour. Also to review possible strategies for creating change about underage drinking and drug use. By highlighting the issues and bringing the community together, the party can help parents understand the problems and issues that arise in underage parties, and in the future could possibly prevent them.
The Reality Party is sponsored by CLARE Foundation and the Westside Impact Project, in conjunction with the City of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Police Department, and the Santa Monica Unified School District.
“The Reality Party is important for parents because it allows them to experience firsthand the realities of what is happening at parties today. They can then have more relevant and meaningful conversations with their teens around drug and alcohol use,” Sherrod said.
The event is open to adults only, especially parents of students in grades 6-12. It will take place at CLARE Conscious Recovery, 1334 Lincoln Blvd from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
For more information you can call CLARE foundation at (310) 314-6200 or visit http://clarefoundation.org/contact/.