As spring arrives so to do graduation parties and picnics. Police from Beacon Falls and Prospect along with the Region 16 Prevention Task Force advised parents against hosting parties where alcohol is available to anyone under 21 years old.
Anyone hosting a party where alcohol is available to minors may be held criminally and civilly responsible, a press release issued by police stated. Any person having possession of, or exercising dominion and control over, any dwelling unit or private property, who knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence permits any minor to possess alcoholic liquor, may be committing a violation.
The Drug Free Action Alliance message “Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking,” will be visible in Beacon Falls and Prospect over the next few weeks. Law enforcement may be conducting party patrols looking for the likelihood of loud parties with underage drinking to ensure parties are appropriate, the release stated.
If a neighbor or any person calls to complain about a party or noise problem, officers will also respond to that location. Party hosts may also call to request assistance with shutting down an out of control party. Minors are also reminded that possession of alcohol by a minor on public or private property is a violation.