Molly Enright, Community Affairs/PIO
Tempe Police Department
Tempe PD’s “Safe & Sober” campaign continues. In response to the escalation of alcohol-fueled violence and crime over the past year, Chief Tom Ryff and the Tempe Police Department have pledged to continue efforts to combat DUI, youth alcohol violations, and alcohol-related criminal activity.
Recognizing the negative impact and safety concerns associated with youth alcohol and loud, unruly parties, the Tempe City Council recently strengthened the City Code to hold party hosts even more accountable for illegal activity.
Over the past three weeks, Tempe PD led a multi-jurisdictional effort. Nine valley law enforcement agencies worked to de-escalate parties and conflict, aggressively targeting underage drinking, unlawful gatherings, loud party complaints, impaired driving to impact preventable injuries, fatalities and other violent crimes.
Chief Ryff has requested Sheriff Arpaio and MCSO to assist Tempe PD with continuing in our Safe & Sober campaign. Along with the other law enforcement partner agencies, MCSO has consistently provided support which assisted significantly in the success of these ongoing efforts. ASU Police Department will continue with their ongoing participation, teaming with Tempe PD to address alcohol violations and loud party activities.
Law Enforcement Agencies share resources and help each other out on a constant basis, providing mutual aid and support in Task Force activities. MCSO has concurrent jurisdiction and has participated in many past DUI task forces, as well as assisting in security for special events and the Block Party. Likewise Tempe PD shares resources with law enforcement partners to fight crime across the Valley.
Chief Ryff stated, “I plan to continue these efforts into the foreseeable future, or until we get a handle on the alcohol-related violence. We know that lives can be irrevocably impacted by impaired decision-making. When the strengthened city ordinance is combined with our commitment to de-escalate parties and conflicts before crimes and violence occur, families and neighborhoods can remain safe.”
“This is an exciting time in Tempe, and we want everyone to feel welcome and safe in our community,” Chief Ryff continued. “Our primary goal is straightforward: Be responsible. Be lawful. Be safe.”