March 15, 2013
Henrico County sets effort to curb teen drinking
'Zero tolerance' policy for violators part of the plan
In an effort to save the lives and preserve the health of our children, Chief Douglas A. Middleton, Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor and Dr. Pat Russo, Superintendent of Schools, have agreed to follow a zero tolerance policy for underage drinking. As a result, the Henrico County Police Division will take a zero tolerance approach to its underage drinking enforcement efforts.
In an effort to address this problem in Henrico County, Police Officers will receive additional training in underage enforcement codes, and close coordination will occur with the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Superintendent of Schools. Law Enforcement will also seek out those who illegally provide alcohol to underage minors, and charges will be placed. This zero tolerance approach will be an ongoing initiative in our community.
“The relationship the Police Division shares with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and the Henrico County School system to prevent underage drinking in our community will save lives. We are grateful for the willingness of our partners in this effort to make a difference in Henrico County. In particular, we need the support of the parents in our community. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our youth,” said Chief Middleton.
Henrico County Police Division's Zero Tolerance Brochure (PDF)