Boston police patrolling the BU area make arrest the 'preferred response' to drinking law violations
Starting in September, Boston police patrolling in the area of Boston University will make arrest the “preferred response” to alcohol law violations, BU said today in a statement.
The decision follows the deaths of two Boston-area college students this past year, the school said in the statement. A BU student died after he attended a fraternity party where alcohol was served. And a New England Institute of Art student was stabbed to death at a party in Allston.
“Last year, there was a lot of activity in the GAP [the area around Gardner, Alcorn, and Pratt Streets]—assaults, sexual assaults, and robberies,” Superintendent William Evans of the Boston Police Department said in the statement. “We want to get out there early this year and set the tone. We are going to come down a little harder at the outset than we did last year. When a party gets out of control, we’re going to take action.”
BU police officers will continue to use their discretion when they find students who have violated the laws.
“In most cases, our officers summons the person,” Boston University Police Department Captain Robert Molloy said in the statement. “However, each case is different, and there may be circumstances where the officer decides to make an arrest.”
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