NEWPORT, R.I. – Salve Regina University is hosting a Newport Police workshop in which officers will brush up on enforcement of underage drinking in the city. The workshop is scheduled for Monday, March 8.
John LaCross, chief of the Barrington Police Department, is among the speakers on the agenda. The town of Barrington has faced significant alcohol-related incidents in the past several years -- including the death of Patrick Murphy, who was killed in a boating accident after his friend, Ryan Greenberg, had been drinking.
Chief LaCross lobbied the state General Assembly to create the “social host” law that allows police to charge adults with a crime for permitting minors to drink in their homes.
Newport Police Lt. William Fitzgerald stated that the workshop’s focus will be on “party dispersal, party patrol, and compliance checks of liquor licenses.”
The training will also feature “evidence-based training” from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, which focuses on individual and social problems associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs.
“The Newport Police Department has been committed to the enforcement of underage drinking,” Lt. Fitzgerald stated, “and will be sending over 40 officers and supervisors.”
Fifty other officers at other departments in the region have also been invited to take part in the law enforcement training.