To begin with, I’d like to say I’m fairly disappointed with what I learned about the “Party Patrol”. I went to the interview expecting (and hoping) to find an extremely square, malevolent group of people (similar to the Inquisitorial Squad in Harry Potter), but what I found instead is a less tangible, less easy to dislike ad-campaign.
The Alcohol and Safety Awareness Program (A.S.A.P) is a grant funded program on campus. Part of their grant includes strategies to prevent underage drinking, and advertising party patrols is one of them.
“[Party patrols] are run by police.” said Kirstina Ward, from A.S.A.P. “And that’s why we advertise them as much as we do. We want people to know there’s police officers out here busting parties… Our involvement with the party patrols (police) is to let you know it’s happening, so you can make safe choices… At the very least, you’re making an educated choice when doing something illegal.”
So unfortunately, there is no mysterious group of students running around with matching hats calling false noise complaints on parties they weren’t invited to, just police officers doing their jobs. When a tired neighbor calls in a party, everybody loses.
So as Ward said, “If you do have a party, try to be respectful… the most common calls for parties are noise complaints. There’s no getting around that. It’s just the way it is.”