Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Party Patrol Designed To Reduce Alcohol Related Violence

"A lot of these [Minneapolis] Party Patrols are to decrease the negative consequences that are there -- the consequences that are related to violence, the consequences that are related to neighborhood disruptions, the consequences related to sexual assault," said Dr. Edward Ehlinger, U of M health director.
The college students who get tickets for underage drinking only see that their fun has been interrupted, but they are getting a benefit due to the proximity of the police. The police patrols act as a deterrant to some of those who use alcohol consumption as an excuse to act out against others in ways they wouldn't if they were sober and didn't have a handy excuse for losing control. They may also be able to respond to trouble as it is building rather than after the violence has exploded.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:03 AM   2 comments links to this post


At October 10, 2006 2:31 PM, Blogger Holly Desimone said...

Hi Marcella,
Great post, college students (underage) drinking do only see the fun! The sad part is when individuals forget to remember consquences for actions related to drinking. The victims of date rape, and hazings. The victims who are not able to speak out! Thank you for this information.

At October 10, 2006 7:28 PM, Blogger Redpiper said...

I have been working in Student Affairs for the last 4+ years. I've done the "live in" thing and many students just saw the consequences as something their parents would just pay ($$) for. It was frustrating so we tried to offer a lot of alternative programming! In a small way I think we effected some students in a positive way.


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