052808 UPDATE: Operation Save a Teen; Underage drinking campaign
Boise, May 28, 2008 - Boise Police are continuing their "Operation Save a Teen", an education and enforcement campaign aimed at reducing the dangers of underage drinking (for background, please see news release dated May 15 at www.boisepolice.org ).
During two nights of special patrols last weekend, officers broke up two large parties where everyone was underage and alcohol was being served.
"The goal of Operation Save a Teen is to keep our young people safe," said Officer Jermaine Galloway, a Neighborhood Contact Officer with the Boise Police Department and an organizer of the special patrols.
"Alcohol abuse is a factor in so many accidents of all types where kids get hurt. No family wants that grief. We as police officers also feel the senselessness of responding to accidents that involve kids that could have been prevented. " said Officer Galloway.
Friday night, May 24th, "Operation Save a Teen" patrols consisted of five Boise Police Officers and one Idaho State Trooper from the state Alcohol Beverage Control unit. The patrol located two loud parties, both called into police dispatch as neighbor complaints.
When officers arrived to one loud house party, a high school graduation party in the Columbia Village area of east Boise, officers found 33 teens and 24 cases of beer. Officers believe teens with fake ID's purchased the alcohol. ALL the teens present were charged with various violations including:
- Consumption of Alcohol
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol
- Disorderly House (loud party violation)
- Possession of Fake ID
- Resisting and Obstructing Officers
Two people at the party were arrested and taken into custody. Juveniles under 17 were released to the custody of their parents. Those over 18 but able to care for themselves were cited with an order to appear in court.
Officers responded to a second loud house party in a neighborhood near Vermont and Boise Ave. ALL nine people present were underage. All were charged with consumption violations and ordered to appear in court. Officers believe the alcohol was purchased for the party by an adult who was no longer in attendance.
Saturday, May 25th, Boise Police conducted what's called a "compliance check", checking for businesses that sell alcohol to minors. Of 50 businesses, officers found 5 convenience stores or restaurants who sold alcohol to a minor. Those violations will be forwarded to Idaho State Police for administrative follow up.
Boise Police urge businesses to train employees not to sell alcohol to anyone without a valid ID showing they are over age 21, and to adopt policies that prohibit alcohol sales without an ID. Boise Police do provide responsible alcohol service training to any business that request it.
What can Citizens Do?
Citizens who know of places where alcohol is being served or sold to those under age 21 are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.
"Citizens know that they're keeping, not only minors, but everyone in their neighborhood safe by reporting these violations," said Officer Galloway. "We appreciate their assistance."
In a related campaign,Idaho State Police and the Idaho Dept. of Juvenile Corrections will run large color advertisements in several area newspapers this weekend urging adults not to provide or sell alcohol to those under age 21. The ads are part of an Idaho state campaign called "Serve Kids, Serve Time". Please contact Rick Ohnsman of the Idaho State Police for more, at (208) 884-7231.
Safe Teen Driving, Tips for Parents: As teens drive to proms, graduation parties, and other activities, Boise Police join with other area law enforcement and partners like Mothers Against Drunk Driving in providing these tips to parents of young drivers, developed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:
- Reinforce and model positive attitudes and good decision making skills when driving.
- Require seat belt use
- Prohibit drinking.
- Restrict driving at night. Most fatal crashed involving teens occur between 9:00 p.m. and midnight.
- Practice, practice, practice driving skills with your teen.
For potential criminal penalties of underage drinking and providing alcohol to minors, see the BPD news release issues May 15th at www.boisepolice.org.