Public Concern = Policy Changes Harper County Law Enforcement Agencies Protocol for the Enforcement of Underage Alcohol Law Violations
Memorandum of Agreement Between Anthony Police Department, Attica Police Department, Harper Police Department, and Harper County Sherriff Department (All of Harper County Law Enforcement.) And The Prevention of Underage Drinking in Harper County And The Harper County District Attorney’s office This Memorandum of Agreement establishes a partnership between the Prevention of Underage Drinking, all departments of Law Enforcement operating in Harper County and the Harper County District Attorney’s office. Stated Objectives:
The purpose for this agreement is to establish a unified effort to reduce underage drinking by effectively limiting the Access of Alcohol to those under the legal age.
To develop a protocol, so that each town and the county as a whole, will function in the same manner concerning underage drinking.
To ensure that prosecution will be pursued after each arrest made in accordance with the protocol for underage drinking.
TERMS OF UNDERSTANDING The term of this MOA is for a period of three years from the effective date of this and may be extended upon written mutual agreement. It shall be reviewed after the county elections or at least annually to ensure that it is fulfilling its purpose and to make any necessary revisions. AUTHORIZATION The signing of this MOA is a formal undertaking. It implies that the signatories will strive to reach, to the best of their ability, the objectives stated in the MOA. DEFINITION OF TERMS Underage Drinking, as stated above, is to encompass: Minor in Possession/ Consumption, Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor, Unlawful Hosting of Minors, and Improper use of ID. Signed____________________________________ Date_______________________ Signed____________________________________ Date________________________ First steps
Next steps The Protocol Policy The Parent Letter
Mr. McClellan Discusses: the Steps, the Challenges, the Completion and the Celebration. After attending meeting at the CMCA and Prevention of Underage Drinking, it was discussed that a uniform policy was needed in our county. Parents and youth felt that individual caught drinking were treated differently in various areas of the county. Monthly meetings began and the topic was further discussed by the Law Enforcement Officers and County Attorney along with the CMCA Coordinator for Harper County. One of the 1st meetings they discussed ideas, the County Attorney took those ideas and drafted a policy. The policy was reviewed at the following meeting, changes were suggested and made and a final draft was written. The policy was signed by all and they were please to do it! All were in agreement that it would benefit not only their efforts as Police Chief and Prosecutor, but for all of the Patrol Officers. A copy of the policy change and parent letter was given to the Judges of Harper County. Mr. McClellan said in his interview that he was impressed with all the departments and the persistence and help from the CMCA.