A team of Tacoma police officers will hit the streets tonight and through the holiday weekend to look for underage-drinking parties.
The party intervention patrol is being funded by a federal grant. This is the department’s first party patrol. More are anticipated, department spokesman Mark Fulghum said.
The department “expects a higher than normal incidence of party complaints” because of the Halloween holiday weekend.
“Party complaints often involve allegations of underage drinking which is a great concern to the Tacoma Police Department and citizens of Tacoma due the the potential for harm or injury related to the drinking,” according to a press release.
The focus of the party patrol will be to locate, intervene and stop underage-drinking parties. The 10 Tacoma police officers will be assisted by agents from the Washington State Liquor Control Board and citizen volunteers.
“Persons with information on underage drinking parties in the City of Tacoma are encouraged to report them to 911,” the press release states.