From the Office of Chief Kaminski: Prom and Graduation Letter to Parents
The prom and graduation season is upon us. This is a special time for many of our young people as they look toward bright futures. It is also a time for celebrations. Our goal is to make sure we have a safe celebration season. We would like to offer some tips if you host a party or allow your child to attend a party.
If you decide to host a party, make sure you set ground rules ahead of time. Establish a guest list and time limit for the party. Make sure your teen understands your expectations that the party will be alcohol and drug free. Establish a process with your teen if someone comes to the party with alcohol or drugs. Parents should be at home for the duration of the party and conduct periodic checks at the party as well as on the exterior of the house. It’s also a good idea to notify your neighbors of the party.
If your child plans to attend a party at someone else’s house, know where your teen will be and for how long. Contact the parents of the teen hosting the party and, if possible, offer to help or bring something. Parents should also know how their teen will get to and from the party. Devise a plan if your teen detects alcohol or drugs at the party. Be awake when your teen comes home and check on his/her condition.
If a party gets out of hand and the police department receives a complaint, this is what you can expect from the police. Whenever we receive a complaint, we are required to respond and assess the situation. In most cases, we are responding to a complaint from a neighbor. If it is a loud party complaint, usually we ask people to turn down the noise. If we respond for a second time, enforcement actions will most likely occur and the party will be closed down. We will enforce the Zero Tolerance Ordinance if we observe teens under the influence or in possession of alcohol. If we respond to a party and are unable to make contact with anyone on the premise, we will monitor the area until we can follow up with a responsible person from the property in question.
The following information was compiled through a survey conducted last spring by MCYAF, as well as from the Illinois Youth Survey. It is important to keep these points in mind when deciding to talk to your child about underage drinking.
- Most School District 207 parents agree that it’s not OK for teens to drink alcohol at their home.
- Most Maine Township high school students don’t drink and they don’t approve of adults providing alcohol to teens.
- Maine Township students say alcohol is easy to get. The sources are usually someone they know – a friend, at a party, from an older sibling, sometimes even a parent or another adult either with or without their permission.
- Adults can make a difference by keeping track of or locking up the alcohol supply in their home.
MCYAF is a community coalition working on reducing youth alcohol and drug use. For more information, visit their website at www.mcyaf.com
In addition, the Parent Patrol will be partnering with us to monitor weekends. Please consider joining our group of concerned citizens.
These are just some basic tips for you to consider. If you would like additional information, please contact me at 847-318-5261.
Chief of Police