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Alcohol Investigation Project.

Juan Jose Cabrera Ruiz


Edwin Camilo Ramirez Sanabria
Juan Sebastian Corredor Pinto

Rosario School
Subject: Research
Grade: 1002
Sogamoso, Boyaca
2014

Introduction...........................................................................................................................3
Formulation of the problem..................................................................................................4
Objectives.............................................................................................................................5
Justification...........................................................................................................................6
Delimitation
Theoretical framework..........................................................................................................7
Hypothesis............................................................................................................................8
Methodology
Results...................................................................................................................................9
Schedule of activities
Budget
References...........................................................................................................................10

Introduction
The groupin conjunction with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) undertook
an 18-month pilot project aimed at increasing the perception of PSU students of the
likelihood of getting caught and sanctioned for underage drinking and furnishing alcohol to
persons under 21. SCPD and PLCB continue to play key roles in efforts designed to combat
the illegal and dangerous use of alcohol through education and enforcement. The
Department is actively involved in efforts to reduce the number and impact of off-campus,
illegal drinking parties.

Source Investigation Project

Statement of Problem
Dangerous drinking has emerged in recent years as a significant public policy issue and has
been revealed to be a major threat to the safety and well being of young people. Often
dangerous drinking in university communities involves persons under the age of 21. As
universities grappled with the educational, social, and public health implications of
dangerous and illegal drinking, it became evident that an environmental approach is needed
to impact this issue. A common strategy to reduce dangerous drinking, source investigations
and underage drinking is to increase the enforcement of various alcohol laws.

State College police officers often encounter large drinking parties attended primarily by
university students. During the typical academic year, State College police officers will
respond to over 1,500 party complaints received from the public. In addition to the health
and safety risks to drinkers, large parties have adversely affected several State College
neighborhoods. In areas near campus, it has become increasingly difficult for homeowners
and families to endure the litter, vandalism, noise, parking problems, and other side effects
of drinking parties. Both those who provide alcohol to minors and those drinking underage
have little concern about suffering legal consequences at such parties. Because of
manpower limitations and other demands, SCPD must often take an order maintenance
approach to large drinking parties, seeking to disperse those involved with a minimal
amount of resources, arrests, and paperwork.

Enforcement Emphasis

SCPD focuses enforcement efforts on the following alcohol crimes:


Furnishing Alcohol to Minors (Source Investigatiion)
Purchase, possession, consumption, or transportation of an alcohol or malt or brewed
beverage (underage drinking)
Public Drunkenness
Carrying or Exhibiting a False Identification
Various Pennsylvania Liquor Code Violations
Target Group and Location
The State College Police Source Investigation Project (SIP) is aimed at off-campus
drinking parties attended primarily by college-aged young people. Although SIP efforts are
primarily directed at PSU students, in practice SIP interacts with and effects young people
from about 16 to 25 years of age. Some of these are PSU students, some are high school
students, some are not in school at all, and some attend other colleges. SIP focuses on large
parties that come to the attention of the police through citizen complaints or the on-view
observations of officers. The SIP team will be geographically centered in the Highlands and
Holmes-Foster neighborhoods, generally within a mile of campus, although officers will
respond to parties in other areas of town from time to time. High-risk drinking, furnishing
alcohol to minors, and underage drinking are most likely to occur at off-campus parties, not
at bars. In the past, various prevention and enforcement efforts have focused on licensed
liquor establishments. However, little has been done in the recent past to impact the venue
where high-risk, furnishing, and underage drinking are most prevalent: apartments,
fraternities, and rental housing units.

Goals and Objectives


SIP is one strategy adopted by the SCPD to impact off-campus high-risk and underage
drinking as well as furnishing alcohol to minors. The goal of this project is to increase
enforcement to create greater risk associated with high-risk drinking, furnishing alcohol to
minors, and underage drinking. The project seeks to reach these objectives by a public
relations/crime prevention plan, increasing the number of arrests at such parties and by
publicizing these results in media outlets likely to reach the target audience.

Methods of Implementation

A Special Projects Coordinator coordinates SIP efforts and is responsible for coordinating
required follow-up investigation on cases initiated by SIP. This position is dedicated to
alcohol enforcement and related tasks. The strategy of SIP is to deploy extra officers during
peak party nights throughout the academic year. These officers are not involved in other
duties those nights and in most cases are working overtime strictly for SIP efforts. Their
sole responsibility is locating and responding to large parties in an effort to identify persons
furnishing alcohol to minors and drinking underage. SIP relies on both officer observations,
especially in densely populated student neighborhoods such as the Highlands
neighborhood, and on complaints received from the public. As available, Pennsylvania
liquor enforcement agents will be requested to provide resources to assist SIP.

Officers assigned to SIP work both in uniform and in plain clothes. By dedicating several
officers to these events, it becomes practical for the department to do much more than
merely disperse parties. Whereas only a few officers have rather limited options, a full
squad can not only break up the party, but obtain search warrants when necessary, collect
evidence in undercover operations, seize physical evidence such as cash or kegs, detain and
issue citations to larger numbers of minors, and generally ensure that those holding such
parties are arrested or cited for the applicable state laws and Borough ordinances.

In addition, the Borough's Housing Task Force has made considerable efforts to identify the
specific locations where repeat violations or complaints occur. Using the department's
police records along with Borough health and code violations, locations of multiple
complaints have been identified, the owners of the land parcels identified, and personal
contact has been made with several of these landlords.

The department's efforts include a media strategy as an integral component of the overall
project. Each time, a SIP detail is conducted. The department follows up with a media
briefing to television stations, radio stations, and the two daily newspapers.