Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Underage Drinking/Over-Service of Alcohol; New CrimeStoppers Campaign

Underage Drinking/Over-Service of Alcohol; New CrimeStoppers Campaign
    Boise, March 21, 2007 –  Citizens are being urged to call police and report concerns involving underage drinking and the over-service of alcohol.
    A new public education campaign launches today that partners Boise Police with Crime Stoppers, the Idaho State Liquor Dispensary, local Jackson’s Food Stores and Boise area Edwards Theatres.

  The message of the campaign is simple:
    To urge citizens to be aware of underage drinking or the over-service of
alcohol, and to call police or Crime Stoppers when they see it. 

  • Edwards Theatres will begin running Public Service Announcements before movies. The   
  announcements will run for three months beginning March 30th.
  • Posters will be displayed at all State Liquor Stores and Jackson’s Food Stores
  • The campaign is paid for by a $5,000 grant from the State Liquor Dispensary to the Boise Police
  Department.
  • In 2006, Boise Police issued 1225 citations to minors consuming or in possession of alcohol.

  “We know underage drinking and the over-service of alcohol is happening in our community more than it gets reported,” said Boise Police Chief Michael Masterson.
  “Many other crimes are associated with both these issues, both are serious threats to public safety in many ways. We’d like the public’s help in getting a better handle on where the problems are so we can put a focus on education and enforcement.”
    The campaign urges citizens to call Crime Stoppers if they see a location, either a home or business, where underage drinking or the over-service of alcohol is an issue.
    Citizens are also urged to call 9-1-1 if the crime is in progress.
    “Education on this issue is huge,” said Chief Masterson. “We want citizens to report these
crimes right away so we can do immediate enforcement. We also need to track where the
problems are occurring so we can better focus our education efforts.”
     "Anything we can do to reduce the irresponsible sales or use of alcohol is one of our main objectives," said Dyke Nally, Superintendent of the Idaho State Liquor Dispensary.
     "This awareness project is vitally important to the safety of the communities we serve."
     The state grant awarded to BPD is part of a program from the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association meant to enhance and expand alcohol education efforts.

 It is illegal for anyone
     ●    Under 21 to purchase or attempt to purchase, possess or consume alcohol.
     ●    To sell or give alcohol to persons under 21.
     ●    To sell, deliver or give away alcohol to any apparently, actually or obviously intoxicated person.
   The above crimes are general misdemeanors punishable by a fine of $1,000 or up to one year in jail.
   If the above crimes are found in a business, the business as well as the individual responsible can
be held accountable.
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