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Explorers act as underage drinkers in 'mock' party; Law enforcement receives training

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Submitted photo: Explorers act as underage drinkers in “mock” party. Participants are pictured left to right: Andrew Kruger, Christopher Hawkins, Collin Patterson, Kelsey Young, James Dutton, Charles Banks, Drew Sims, Coby Paschal, Tyler Bonner, Jerod Pra Submitted photo: Explorers act as underage drinkers in “mock” party. Participants are pictured left to right: Andrew Kruger, Christopher Hawkins, Collin Patterson, Kelsey Young, James Dutton, Charles Banks, Drew Sims, Coby Paschal, Tyler Bonner, Jerod Pra

ENNIS – The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Grand Prairie Police Department, in partnership with IMPACT Communities and Drug Prevention Resources, hosted a " Party Dispersal Training" on Friday, March 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Ennis.

Drug Prevention Resources, Inc. is dedicated to preventing youth substance abuse through the innovative delivery of evidence-based strategies that empower youth, families and communities.

The "Party Dispersal Training" included a "mock" party to allow Texas Certified Peace Officers to receive training in dispersing underage drinking parties.

The participants in the "mock" party were the Ellis County Sherriff’s Office Explorers.

They were chaperoned by law enforcement personnel at all times and were not in contact with any alcoholic beverages.

Participants in the training included law enforcement from several Texas counties including Waxahachie Police Department, Ennis Police Department, Corsicana Police Department, Ellis and Navarro County Sheriff’s Offices and the Department for Public Safety.

Underage alcohol use kills 6 ½ times more youth in the United States than all other illegal drugs combined.

Unfortunately, the number one access point to alcohol for minors is older friends, siblings and parents in social settings. Enforcement of drinking age laws is a key component of any community’s efforts to reduce social access to alcohol and underage drinking.

IMPACT Waxahachie is a group of community volunteers who work together to provide public education, law enforcement, and public policy strategies to prevent youth substance abuse and build communities that are safe, healthy and drug-free.

This workshop was designed to train officers in safely dispersing underage drinking parties and provide an opportunity for law enforcement to practice learned techniques at a "mock" party.

Participants learned the strategic importance of controlled party dispersals, the operational issues involved and how to create community understanding and support for enforcement programs.

In addition, the workshop observed possible barriers to implementing controlled party dispersals and identified opportunities to leverage resources for greater effectiveness.


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