Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, September 01, 2011

UPDATE: "Party House" follow up results in 100+ Citations for Underage Drinking

09-01-11 UPDATE: "Party House" follow up results in 100+ Citations for Underage Drinking

    Boise, Sept. 1, 2011 - In a continuing education and enforcement effort to keep young people safe from the injuries and deaths often associated with alcohol use, Boise Police and Ada County Juvenile Probation Officers conducted "party patrols" last Friday and Saturday nights, Aug. 26 & 27. Many of the homes and neighborhoods targeted for the enforcement are locations called in by neighbors complaining about loud noise, litter, public urination and illegal parking in addition to underage youth using alcohol.

    BPD Neighborhood Contact Officers and School Resources Officers conducted the patrols with the assistance of the Juvenile Probation Officers.

    "Our message is always the same and our enforcement is consistent. Teens drinking alcohol can and does lead to deadly results," said Sgt. Paul Burch, supervisor of the Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officers Unit. " 

    Friday night, August 26th, party patrols resulted in the following:

  • 100 Citations and, 1 arrest issued to minors for underage drinking (m- ISC 23-949)
  • 1 DUI arrest (m)
  • 1 Citation for providing alcohol to a minor (m)(given to an adult)
  • 4 Citations for possession of open container of alcohol in public (m)(given to adults)
  • 4 Citations written for drugs related offenses, 2 for possession of marijuana, 2 for possession of drug paraphernalia
  • 5-Arrests, charges include providing false information to officers, resisting & obstructing, battery, minor consumption of alcohol.
  • 7 other citations written for charges including resisting and obstructing (m), providing false information to an officer (m) battery on an officer (F), and urinating in public.

    Note: One underage female at a large party Friday night was found with a blood alcohol content of .24 - 3 times the legal limit. The largest party found by officers was approx 200 people near BSU. Officers estimate approx 80% were underage and drinking.

    Saturday night, August 27th, party patrols resulted in the following: 

  • 26 Citations to minors for underage drinking (m)
  • 5 Citations for possession of open container of alcohol in public (m)
  • 1-Arrest for Underage drinking and Resisting & obstructing officers
  • 1-DUI 
  • 2 other citations written for charges including driving without privileges (m), providing false information to an officer (m)

   "We heard from a lot of kids Saturday night that the word was out that BPD and Probation & Parole were looking for underage drinking parties. We found Saturday night was slower with smaller numbers of people at the "party houses"," said Sgt. Burch. "We found nearly all the teens we contacted at Saturday night parties had been at or were aware of the parties Friday but chose not to drink alcohol at the parties on Saturday.

    "These party patrols are not new. And we'll keep doing them so hopefully no parent has to get the news that their child is injured or worse because their child was illegally consuming alcohol."

   Call Crime Stoppers:

    Boise Police encourage citizens who know of places who serve, sell or otherwise provide alcohol to minors to contact Crime Stoppers. Boise Police will follow up on citizen tips. You can contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.

    Click on the following links for previous releases and videos regarding Boise Police education and enforcement efforts on underage drinking:

    Back to School prompts alcohol compliance check

    QR Codes Used in New Underage Drinking education Program

    Law Enforcement agencies work together to curb underage drinking