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Friday, December 21, 2007

'Twas the last night of finals…

Last night, the Amherst Police wrapped up a 3-week alcohol enforcement program that was funded by a grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety. Due to our proven history of aggressively enforcing the underage drinking laws, we were one of ten police departments in the Commonwealth that was eligible to receive this grant. Officers, dressed in plain clothes, patrolled in teams of 4 or 5 over several nights. They focused their efforts at liquor stores and bars throughout town. This sting operation was very successful. Thirty people are being summonsed into court for a variety of alcohol-related offenses including but not limited to: Minor in Possession of Alcohol, Possession of a False Identification Card, and Procuring Alcohol for a Minor.

How did we fare this semester compared to others?

September to December 21st, 2007:
We criminally charged 558 persons and responded to 5950 calls.

September to December 21st, 2006:
We criminally charged 592 persons and responded to 5978 calls.

September to December 21st, 2005:
We criminally charged 492 persons and responded to 6044 calls.

1 comment:

Eva Schiffer said...

In spite of all your efforts, and the efforts of community members working with the Department over the years (Captain Kent just received a well-deserved Lamplighter Award award from the CCC: see posting of Dec. 19)-- that's still an average of over 50 calls a day, for just alcohol-related problems!!! Pretty discouraging.