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MCSO joins Tempe PD in deterring alcohol-fueled violence

(Source: CBS 5 News) (Source: CBS 5 News)
(Source: CBS 5 News) (Source: CBS 5 News)
TEMPE, AZ (CBS5) -

Sheriff Joe Arpaio plans to team up with Tempe police in MCSO's latest crime suppression operation beginning Thursday night near ASU.

"What police in Tempe are seeing is that parties today are not like the bygone days of occasional drunkenness and disorderly conduct," said Arpaio. "These parties have become virtual melees - masses of underage drinkers behaving badly, resorting to violence toward each other and even police Chief [Tom] Ryff wants it to stop, and so do I."

Arpaio said sheriff's deputies will have a command post stationed in front of the Tempe Fire Department Training facility at University and Dorsey Streets to process arrests and jail bookings.

The sheriff said the operation will likely continue on weekends through the reminder of the school semester or until both agency heads are satisfied that off campus partying is under control.

Tempe officers, along with MCSO deputies and posse volunteers, will patrol the streets and apartment complexes surrounding the ASU campus.

"If the law enforcement response looks over the top, it is because these parties are over the top," Arpaio said. "What's going on during these off campus drunk fests is nothing to laugh at. Already serious injuries have occurred and it won't be long before somebody ends up dead."

Arpaio added, "If the party continues, it will be inside the jail cell."

Over the past three weeks, Tempe police have launched a "Safe & Sober" campaign, involving nine Valley law enforcement agencies. Ryff said teams have focused on combating DUI, youth alcohol violations and alcohol-related criminal activity.

The ASU Police Department will continue with their ongoing participation, teaming with Tempe PD to address alcohol violations and loud party activities. 

"I plan to continue these efforts into the foreseeable future, or until we get a handle on the alcohol-related violence," Ryff said. "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."  

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