TEMPE, AZ - After a series of problems at parties in Tempe, city leaders are taking steps they hope will cut down on the escalating issues.
Police Chief Tom Ryff said the department has seen an increase in calls relating to loud parties and loud music and said officers have noticed a spike in violence as a result of the drinking that goes along with those parties and Ryff said many times underage drinkers are part of the problem.
Now, Tempe Councilmembers Joel Navarro and Kolby Granville, co-chairs of the City Council's Neighborhoods and Education Committee, have come up with ideas to curb the crime including:
- Allowing Tempe police officers to cite those attending loud parties after the first offense, without a warning.
- Making a loud party citation a more serious offense if there are people under 21 consuming alcohol at the location, or if drugs are found.
- Allowing officers to cite the occupants of a home or apartment, even if they don't answer the door.
- Implementing a new fee structure for habitual loud party offenders, with fines starting at $250 for the first citation, up to $1,500 for the third offense.
- Requiring a use permit for apartment complexes that have more than 50 percent of residents belonging to any fraternity or sorority. The use permit process requires public meetings and likely would include conditions placed on approval.
The full city council still has to vote on the proposals which is expected to happen this summer.