Thurston County's Party
Intervention Patrol Program (PIP) is funded by the
Washington Traffic Safety Commission, in support of
their high level
Target Zero. The key goals for Thurston County's
Party Intervention Program include:
Reducing the number of vehicular fatalities and
serious injuries of young drivers ages 16-20 in
Reducing the number of businesses in Thurston
County that sell alcohol to minors.
Carpe Diem! Once again, we are excited to
work with law enforcement to 'seize the moment' in
the lives of some of our best and brightest kids to
'turn toward the light' of addiction free futures.
Whether it's Prom Night, a fight with a boy or girl
friend, Homecoming, a college rejection letter, a
4.0 GPA, or a bad day on the sports field, for a
budding addict, everything is a reason to get high.
And sooner or later, alcohol, pot, meth, heroin -
anything handy - will do. Let's raise our hopes instead that the free ride our
Sheriff will provide to help at the Health
Department will be the 'teachable moment' some kids
use to put their feet, and eventually their hearts,
on the road to real hope.
~Don Sloma, MPH, Director
Thurston County Public Health & Social Services
A message from your Sheriff:
"It is important to remember alcohol is
illegal and unhealthy for our youth. The use of
alcohol by youth sets the stage for serious health,
social, and economic problems, including criminal
behavior. The actions of one underaged kid
consuming alcohol can have a horrific affect on
family, friends, and a community. These choices can
be tragic or even everlasting with long-term,
chronic problems. By being proactive, we have an
opportunity to educate our youth on the consequences
of partying and one's use of alcohol. We must find
ways to curtail alcohol consumption by our youth in
hopes to prevent a tragedy or a change in their
behavior. Parties are a common way youth consume
alcohol, and tend to become problematic for law
enforcement because of the large gatherings and the
volume of alcohol being consumed. These parties can
increase the hazardous risk-taking, binge drinking,
alcohol poisoning, and the potential of sexual
assault. Our effort to be proactive verses reactive
can help deter or prevent some youth from being
involved or getting hurt. We may not ever know about
the one that made the right choice by not going to a
party because of our aggressive education campaign,
but sadly we always hear about the few that didn't
listen or consider the consequences."
~Sheriff John Snaza
Some facts from the Healthy Youth Survey:
1 out of 10 county 12th graders drove
after drinking alcohol during the past month.
1 out of 5 county 10th graders rode with a
driver who had been drinking alcohol during the
1 out of 4 county 12th graders who drank during
the past month got the alcohol at a party.
1 out of 4 county 12th graders are heavy or
problem alcohol drinkers.
2 out of 3 county 12th graders think alcohol is
easy to get.
PIP Party Patrol Enforcement
Officers participating in
these patrols have underage drinking as their top
priority, and do not make other service calls during
their PIP shift.When an underage drinking party is found, PIP
officers determine who has been drinking and who
provided the alcohol.Youth who are drinking are transported to the
Public Health Department for processing, where they
will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a
Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP).
PIP Compliance Checks
Alcohol compliance checks are a prevention
strategy that deters retailers from selling these
products to kids under 21. Studies have shown that
enforcing alcohol laws substantially lowers the
likelihood of stores selling alcohol to minors.
Responsible alcohol sales are only effective when
vendors do not sell to persons under 21. One method
to reducing youth alcohol use is by eliminating
their ability to purchase alcohol in stores within
Thurston County. The PIP program includes
county-wide Alcohol Vendor Compliance Checks, using
officers from the Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater
Police Departments, as well as the Thurston County