"Promoting Safe and Responsible Alcohol Consumption within Dunn County."
To eliminate the negative consequences commonly associated with High-Risk alcohol consumption through the coordination, education, and enforcement of alcohol laws.
Task Force Efforts/Goals
The nature of the efforts encompassed by the Alcohol Task Force will be widespread. Among the areas to be addressed include:
- Policy Issues
- Treatment Information and Services
The long term goal of the Alcohol Task Force is to address the overall campus and community environment, including cultural shifts in social norms and family values/traditions through the education and awareness of potential consequences associated with High Risk Drinking.
Membership within the ATFDC is based on relevant constituencies as well as the goals of the task force. Dunn County residents, over the age of 21, who share the vision of the Alcohol Task Force and feel inclined to contribute to its overall efforts, are welcomed members.
No formal experience or training is necessary for Cival volunteers. However, all ATFDC members will be required to attend a two-hour training session devoted to the policies, practices, and expectations of Task Force members. Training topics will be, but are not limited to: Enforcement Protocols, Radio Training, Activity Documentation, as well as Officer and Adult Volunteer expectations.
The Dunn County Alcohol Task Force aims to promote safe and responsible alcohol consumption through a variety of enforcement activities and educational components. Volunteers on the Task Force will work to assist Law Enforcement officials on the following items. This list includes, but is not limited to:
- Alcohol Age Compliance Checks
- Party Patrols and Party Mapping
- Bar Checks
- Beat Patrols
- Community Outreach - Festival/Fair Promotion
- Activity Reporting
Alcohol Age Compliance Checks
Wisconsin law prohibits licensees from selling alcoholic beverages to underage persons – those persons under 21 years of age, under State Staute (s.125.07(1)(a)2).
The Alcohol Compliance Check program allows local law enforcement agencies to use persons under 21 as decoys for the purpose of purchasing alcohol beverages from licensed premises.
Authority to conduct Alcohol Age Compliance Checks is granted under WI State Statute 939.45(4)
Volunteers between the ages of 18-20 may be requested to act as said decoys. Volunteers of legal drinking age may be requested to act as a civil witness to corroborate reported violations.
Party Patrols and Party Mapping
Wisconsin law prohibits the sale of alcohol from any non-licensed establishment under State Statute 125.66(1). This includes residential housing where “unauthorized taverns” may sell or provide intoxicants.
Party Mapping and Party Patrols involve coordinated efforts to locate, document, monitor, and enforce any alcohol violations that may take place within a residential setting.
Volunteers may be asked to spend evenings on foot/bike patrol in residential areas to document locations throughout the community in which “house parties” may be acting as unlicensed establishments.
After the completion of Party Mapping, volunteers may be asked to assist Law Enforcement agencies in the enforcement of the documented violations. These duties may consist of, but are not limited to, providing assistance in the entering of said locations, the processing of persons found to be consuming illegally, and documentation of proceedings.
Wisconsin law prohibits the presence of underage persons on licensed premises’ and the serving of intoxicated patrons under State Statutes 125.07(1)(a)1) and 125.07(2)(a)1)
Bar Checks or “sweeps” involve the entering of licensed establishments by Law Enforcement officials to enforce said Statutes.
Volunteers of legal drinking age may be asked to assist Law Enforcement in these activities by acting as witnesses to corroborate cited violations.
In the attempt to promote safe and responsible alcohol consumption, Law Enforcement officials will establish a regular presence in high alcohol outlet density areas during “peak” consumption hours. (Peak consumption hours are as followed: Thurs-Sat 10pm-3am, special events/holidays)
Volunteers may be asked to accompany Law Enforcement officials and build rapport with community members by disbursing educational materials.
Community Outreach - Festival/Fair Promotion
In the attempt to promote safe and responsible alcohol consumption, Task Force members may be asked to attend community events/festivals/fairs in order to promote the mission and vision of the DCATF by disbursing educational materials and articulating the goals and efforts of the Task Force.
Along with Law Enforcement Officials, DCATF volunteers will be required to document all activities in which they have participated. An ‘Activity Reporting’ protocol will be included in initial DCATF training.