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Fairfield police combat underage drinking on FHS prom night

Apr 15, 2013

Fairfield Police Department officials report no underage youth were arrested for alcohol offenses April 6, the night of Fairfield High School’s prom and after-prom.

Southern Iowa Economic Development Association received a grant to assist in paying overtime for officers on prom night to combat underage drinking parties. Fairfield Police Lt. Colin Smith said several adults were arrested for various alcohol-related offenses, but no underage kids were arrested for alcohol offenses, and no underage drinking parties were found.

“This is a testament to the after-prom activities put on by the high school,” said Smith. “One of the school’s administration said that he’s never seen after-prom so busy, and all of the kids stayed until the after-prom was shut down around 3 a.m.”

Also on April 6, Fairfield police officers, using underage confidential informants, attempted several times to get adults to purchase alcohol for the minors at several different locations in Fairfield.

“The police department is happy to report that the confidential informants were unable to get anyone to buy alcohol for them,” said Smith.

Smith said because high school graduation is another time of year when underage drinking is a high probability, projects to combat underage drinking are being planned.

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