March 24, 2010 

Metro Police has issued a spring break warning to teens and parents. Spring break officially kicks off after school this Friday. Local police are trying to stay ahead of the game with a warning for parents and students. What worries Metro is an increase in teen parties. Some of those parties have turned deadly. In the last three weeks two teenaged girls were shot and killed at two separate parties.

Another issue associated with teen parties is text messaging, which leads to party crashing. "You have 50 thugs showing up because somebody text messaged that you had a party at the address. That's where it gets dicey for us," explains Metro's Captain Brian Greenway. On Tuesday, Greenway and Captain Pat Neville discussed Metro's new program: Unified Party Abatement Concept, or UPAC. It involves Metro's seven area commands and is designed to speed up response time. Metro wants to remind parents that, ultimately, they are held responsible for the actions of their teens, especially when underage drinking is involved. "Yes, we will come back out if we find out you had an unsupervised party, you had the knowledge that it occurred and you took no steps to stop it." warns Neville.

Metro is also urging neighbors to be vigilant. If you notice a party where there is no parental supervision or a party out of control, call 3-1-1. If it turns into a dangerous situation, call 9-1-1 instead. During spring break many teens also head to the Las Vegas Strip. There are curfews in effect. On weekend evenings the curfew is 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.                                                                                                  


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