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Police 'Party Patrol' Focuses on Youth Alcohol Use

Funded by a grant from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, police in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and El Segundo spend time enforcing local laws for minors and any related alcohol offenses.

A police "Party Patrol" on Friday, Feb. 24 netted six curfew violations, a citation for a minor possessing alcohol, two citations for minors possessing alcohol on school grounds and a report of a juvenile being intoxicated in public and resisting/delaying officers, said Sergeant Chris Vargas of the Manhattan Beach Police Department.

The Party Patrol is an enforcement program used by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and local law enforcement agencies to respond to underage drinking and deter alcohol use by minors, according to a press release. Money from an ABC grant paid for the effort, which took place in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and El Segundo. 

Five curfew violations occurred in Hermosa Beach and one in El Segundo. The minors cited for alcohol possession were located in El Segundo. The intoxicated youth report took place in Manhattan Beach, said Vargas.

Zach March 06, 2012 at 09:21 PM
A completely ridiculous use of public funds. Are high school parties really are top priority right now? How about repairing public infrastructure, such as manhattan beach's faulty water pipes and utility lines? I know this was a grant from the ABC, but the principle is the same. Besides, does anyone actually think this will stop teens from drinking or partying? Only in Manhattan Beach...
SadDad March 07, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Yes, Zach, it is a priority. Underage drinking leads to serious problems including traffic accidents and addiction. A friend of mine was killed in a DUI accident involving kids that were allowed to party and underage drink repeatedly. Who are these parents that allow these parties, anyway? I'm proud of MBPD for addressing this. Get real.
Kathy Sena March 09, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I'm with SadDad, Zach. We are losing too many lives to underage drinking in this country — both the kids themselves and others they may harm when they get behind the wheel after drinking. In Manhattan Beach there is a lot of head-in-the-sand behavior on the part of parents when it comes to this issue, and it needs to stop. As SadDad says, who are the parents that allow these parties in their homes? There is way too much looking the other way. Your kids don't need you to be the "cool parents." They need you to be parents. While Manhattan Beach residents are busy debating some pretty ridiculous, petty things in the letters to the editor columns of the local papers, lots of Mira Costa kids are getting drunk every weekend, and many are getting behind the wheel. Will it take a major tragedy for parents to wake up and do something about this? Most likely. Wouldn't it be great if it didn't have to come to that? Rocky Wilson and other adults (and students) at Mira Costa are working so hard to help the families in this town address the alcohol and drug problems. But they can't do it without parent support. If you think it's cool to allow your kids to have drinking parties at your house, think again. If you think you're doing the right thing by serving alcohol but "collecting keys," you're wrong. It's time for parents who feel this way to speak up.
Liz Spear March 09, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Thanks for your comments, Kathy. It's great to have adults in the community who speak up about matters affecting our youth. For those who'd like to learn more about teens, the challenges and stresses they face, and the symptoms of substance use and abuse, attend MBPD's free 3/28 event at MB Library. http://patch.com/A-r0sy
Greg March 13, 2012 at 06:51 AM
I would have to support Zach in this circumstance. The reality is that it is impossible to prevent underage drinking. However, we can prevent drinking driving--they are two separate issues. Let's focus on the issue that really matter, eliminating DUI and keeping our community safe.

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