One of these five strategies involves reducing youth access to alcohol by providing resources to support law enforcement. Law enforcement does not always have time and resources devoted specifically to preventing underage drinking. To address this issue, area law enforcement departments will receive training and resources to increase underage drinking prevention efforts. Since laws are only effective if enforced, this will allow officers to proactively prevent, patrol, and safely close down underage drinking parties/activities and the consequences that follow. This will reduce the likelihood for disaster by getting party-goers home safely, and deter future illegal activity by placing appropriate charges against the violator(s). This additional support will also grant Chickasaw County law enforcement resources to more regularly walkthrough establishments in locations they serve. Time does not always allow these officers to visit these establishments and this will give them a stronger presence to support retailers in their responsibility to prevent underage drinking. These special enforcement efforts will start this month and continue through the end of September.
To report concerns and incidents of underage drinking, please contact your local law enforcement office:
- Chickasaw County Sheriff: (641) 394-3121
- Nashua Police: (641) 435-2068
- New Hampton Police: (641) 394-3241
To learn about all five underage drinking prevention strategies,visit our Iowa Partnerships for Success Grant page or email Carol Hopp at email@example.com. The IPFS project is funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health, through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information on the Iowa Partnerships for Success Grant, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/substance-abuse/programs/ipfs.
Carol Hopp, CHES, CPS
Partnerships for Success Coordinator