Police likely to increase alcohol enforcement initiatives

Matt Gardner
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A combined effort by divisions of the Prince Albert Police Service on Saturday focused on targeted enforcement of alcohol laws and regulations.

Prince Albert Police Sgt. Brandon Mudry speaks at a press conference on Monday.

Though already practised on an annual basis, Sgt. Brandon Mudry suggested on Monday that such initiatives were likely to become more common as the city continues to develop its comprehensive alcohol strategy.

“I think it’s something we’re going to see happen more often … in alignment with the alcohol strategy,” Mudry said.

“We are in support of it. We’re going to continue to support it by these types of enforcement initiatives.”

Members of the Prince Albert police Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Division were in charge of handling Saturday’s enforcement blitz, which focused on the responsible sale and consumption of alcohol.

In total, police issued 12 Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act tickets for various offences that included possession of liquor in a place other than a private place, public intoxication, having liquor in a motor vehicle and consuming denatured alcohol.

The latter would include the consumption of items such as mouthwash and hairspray that contain alcohol.

“Obviously it’s illegal to consume denatured alcohol, so therein lies the basis for the charge,” Mudry said.

“Consuming that type of alcohol in that form -- I mean, I’m no health expert, but it would absolutely be detrimental to their health.”

I think it’s something we’re going to see happen more often … in alignment with the alcohol strategy. Sgt. Brandon Mudry

Police also made five arrests for public intoxication. Three people were lodged at the Prince Albert police headquarters, one in the Detoxification Unit and one was returned home to a family member.

Mudry indicated that the latter was relatively common in cases where it is deemed appropriate.

“City cells aren’t always the end result,” he said. “The detox unit isn’t always the end result.

“Sometimes if there is a family member that is willing to look after this person and it is a safe environment, members will make that effort to have those people transported home, or again, into a safe environment with a family member.”

While police have pursued similar targeted initiatives for alcohol in the past, Saturday marks the first time it has aligned its efforts with the developing alcohol strategy.

“These types of enforcement situations occur frequently through the summer months when we see an increase in … the population of the community,” Mudry noted.

Police thanked owners, workers and patrons of liquor-serving establishments for their patience and assistance during the enforcement effort.

Organizations: Prince Albert, Criminal Investigation Division

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