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Task Force Breaks Up Two Underage Drinking Parties In The Last Month

New Task Force Focuses On Underage Drinking

In October, the Waterford Police Department, in conjunction with Waterford Youth Services,

A few months into the program, there have been some tangible results. In the past month alone, Waterford Police have found and stopped two underage drinking parties in town.

“It is a deterrent,” Youth Services Director Dani Gorman said. “Any time (the task force has gone out), they’ve almost always successfully caught someone.”

The Task Force

The task force, called the W.A.D.E. Task Force, is composed of six police officers. Members of the force will go out on nights where underage drinking parties are likely.

The officers are in plain clothes and drive in a vehicle that is not a police car. The task force is paid through a grant secured by Waterford Youth Services.

Feb. 11th Incident

On February 11th at 10:15 p.m., Police Officer Steve Whitehead, while conducting neighborhood checks, spotted a group of youths walking to the back of a dark house, according to a police press release. Whitehead followed the youths, and from outside saw youths playing a drinking game inside the home, according to the release.

Whitehead was allowed into the home and confirmed minors were drinking alcohol, according to the release. He also talked to the adult homeowner, who was home but was asleep and did not know about the drinking, according to the release.

A 19-year-old was cited for possession of alcohol by a minor, according to the release.

March 3rd Keg Party

On March 3rd at midnight, task force officers Marc Balestracci and Nicole VanOverloop noticed a large number of vehicles parked along a roadway, and many youths walking to the rear of a home, according to a police press release.

The officers, both in plain clothes, went to the home and saw approximately 120 people, many of them minors, drinking, according to the release. The 120 people were drinking out of a keg and playing beer pong, according to the release.

The adult homeowner was away for the weekend, but police cited the son of the homeowner for permitting alcohol to minors, according to the release. The son said he posted the party on Facebook, and it had grown out of his control, according to the release.

Martha J. March 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Job well done, WPD!
Disgusted Parent March 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Great job! Keep up the good work.
Concerned Parent March 12, 2012 at 03:48 PM
This is a serious issue. But, do these kids, doing what most of us have done ourselves, now have a police record, preventing them from getting into college?
dw March 13, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Dear concerned parent... hopefully you are not one of the 240 parents that have neglected the where abouts of their minor children. A pathetic shame that there are parental numbers like this in our community that have not challenged their children. A police record is unfortunatly by choice of the minor to attend the party and neglect by the parents.. I have been on this side and and I have seen the Waterford PD act professioal and concerend, my hats off to them. Lets just think for a minute about the potential lives saved by way of a drunken driver, possibly your own child... Lets also give thought to the children that struggle for their lives, and will not longer know their father as he was killed by a drunken driver this past weekend. The law is the law and the choice is by the individual. Godspeed
Concerned Parent March 13, 2012 at 01:06 PM
dw: You're absolutely right on all points, and no I don't neglect the whereabouts of my children. We keep them busy with sports year round and if anything we are over-protective. I have absolutely no sympathy for drunk drivers of any age. My point is that it would be very unfortunate for a young persons life to be ruined by having a police record for simply attending one of these parties. Assuming they aren't drinking and driving, I would, at least for a first offense, hope the police would bring the child to the parents and give them the chance to handle it. Maybe they do, I don't know, and I hope I never find out. I'm just concerned that someones future could be ruined for doing something kids have done for generations (again, assuming no driving.) I'm absolutely not condoning under-age drinking in any way. It's inappropriate in so many ways. We regularly talk to our kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, including how they can permanently damage their developing brains. Unfortunately, kids this age often seem challenged for common sense. Yes, it's the parents responsibility to know what their kids are doing, but within reason, you can't be everywhere all the time. Godspeed to you as well.
Concerned March 13, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Maybe some parents need to be parents and not "Friends" to their kids. There are many parents in Waterford who think it is fine to give their underage kids alcohol. Just look on Facebook and see the pictures! Some are even drinking with their kids. We as parents need to be role model for our kids.
Devin March 13, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Where does it say all of the kids are getting a mark on their record? To me it looks like the "adult" is getting in trouble if its a parent or sibling which should be the case.

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