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Iowa City 'seriously considering' house party registry

IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- House parties tend to run rampant in a college town.  With the newly passed 21 ordinance in effect, and school back in session, Iowa City police are prepared to crack down on these large gatherings.

''We've kind of coined it our party patrol.  They're going out, they're looking for disruptive behavior, underage consumption,'' said Sgt. Denise Brotherton with the Iowa City Police Department.

Thanks to money awarded through grants, police have significantly increased their presence in the surrounding neighborhoods this fall, resulting in more citations issued.

''The tolerance is going to be lower at this point, and it usually is this time of year because we want people to know what the expectations are,'' Brotherton said.

The Iowa City Police Department is also looking to other areas of the country to find ways to creatively and proactively keep these house parties under control. 

Police say they are seriously considering applying a method practiced in Fort Collins, Colorado where students can register parties beforehand.
Under the policy, students notify the university they plan on throwing a party.  That information is then relayed to the police.

If police receive a noise complaint the night of the party, they notify the organizer that he or she has 20 minutes to shut the party down.
If the organizer complies, police don't respond, and no arrests are made.

When told police are considering the practice, students at the University of Iowa had mixed reactions.

''I really don't think it's going to stop the efforts of underage drinking here.  I really don't feel like it's going to change anything,'' said junior Morgan Mills.

''The party stays down, neighbors are happy, students are happy, nobody gets in trouble, students can still have fun.  I don't know, I think it's a great idea,'' said Weston Slater, a sophomore.

Yet, more efforts to try to change the drinking culture on and off campus.


Online reporter:  Jason Epner

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