Park Ridge Cops and Parents Join Forces to Keep Kids Sober

Park Ridge police and parents have teamed-up to create what they call the “parent party patrols.” A new concept taking root in suburban communities across the country.

During the cruising crusades, parents and officers team up to walk the neighborhood in search of underage drinking parties. They search known hang-outs and trouble areas. The parent patrols aren’t allowed to make arrests or enter the home. Their presence is simply meant to provide assistance and ease tension.

Part of the point of these patrols is to avoid tragedies like the 2006 fatal DUI crash that occurred in Deerfield resulting in the death of two teens after leaving a drinking party.

A new study released by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention found one in four high school students admitted to binge drinking in the last month.

Since Park Ridge started the program last spring, about 15 parents have been trained to join the patrols and have gone out seven times this year. Officers have since issued 79 violations for illegal possession or consumption of alcohol by a minor. That’s more violations than they issued during the entire year of 2009 and 2008 combined.

Just part of the proof, they say, that the patrols are working.

Cops,Parents Team Up to Keep Kids Sober, www.myfoxchicago.com, October 12, 2010

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