Officers partner to address teen alcohol and drug crimes
WAXAHACHIE – Area law enforcement officials recently met to discuss strategic enforcement of underage drinking laws during a collaborative meeting hosted by IMPACT Waxahachie and Drug Prevention Resources, Inc.
The leading agenda item was concern over large parties where youth have access to alcohol and other drugs.
Recent parties in Navarro and Ellis County have resulted in a variety of criminal charges and in some cases, hospitalization of overly intoxicated minors.
Officers are committed to investigating all such gatherings, issuing citations, and making arrests when necessary.
“It’s all about keeping kids safe,” said Captain Elmore Tanner of the Navarro County Sherriff’s Department.
Despite the fact alcohol use kills 6 ½ times more youth than other illegal drugs combined, the number one source of alcohol for minors is adults in their community.
Providing alcohol to minors is a Class A misdemeanor in the state of Texas and results in up to a year in jail, a $4,000 fine and driver’s license suspension.
The IMPACT Communities Law Enforcement Collaborative Meetings were devised to offer officials an opportunity to explore tactics and strategies fellow agencies are using to prevent and reduce underage drinking.
Law enforcement agencies in attendance included Corsicana Police Department, Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Navarro County Sheriff’s Office, Rice Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and Waxahachie Police Department.
DPRI currently operates five community coalitions under its IMPACT Communities program: IMPACT Cedar Hill, IMPACT Ennis, IMPACT Grand Prairie, IMPACT Navarro County and IMPACT Waxahachie.
IMPACT coalitions are groups of community volunteers who work together to provide public education, law enforcement and public policy strategies to prevent underage drinking and build communities that are safe, healthy and drug-free.