Working with Police Officers. Captain Tom Roth, Westbrook Police Department Sergeant John Desjardins, Westbrook Police Department Maryann Harakall, MPPM, Office of Substance Abuse. Presentation Overview. Where does enforcement fit into a comprehensive plan? Why work with law enforcement?
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Captain Tom Roth, Westbrook Police Department
Sergeant John Desjardins, Westbrook Police Department
Maryann Harakall, MPPM, Office of Substance Abuse
1. You have just come from your coalition’s board meeting where you have been charged with recruiting two law enforcement agencies to join the board. You’re new to your position and to the community. You do not know any officers in your service area. Where do you start?
2. You’ve just come from Smalltown Police Department where you’ve pitched the idea of creating a partnership to prevent underage drinking. The officer you are talking with tells you that he agrees that underage drinking is a problem in the community, but the department is so overloaded with other issues and that they are shorthanded that underage drinking is not a priority for them at this time. What do you do next?
3. Your son comes home from school and tells you that there was a large underage drinking party over the weekend. When you ask him what happened when the cops came, he tells you that the alcohol was confiscated and the attendees were told to go home. You know the chief so you ask him why none of the attendees were charged with possession you are told that it was “easier to dump the beer than to deal with that many kids”. You also ask why there was no investigation into where the youth got the alcohol. The chief tells you that it’s a lot of work to track down furnishers and they don’t have the budget to pay someone overtime to do that. What is your next step?
Westbrook Police Department