Eugene, Ore. – In response to the disorderly party incidents in the west University area on April 23 and again on May 7, Eugene Police will be staffing a heavy patrol presence this weekend. The patrols will enforce all levels of infractions, moving beyond the initial education-first approach due to the unruly and dangerous behavior that has been occurring.
The party patrols are done to prevent and respond proactively to potential alcohol and behavior problems. EPD is regularly assisted by University of Oregon Police Department. EPD is also working in conjunction with University of Oregon departments involved with student conduct and housing related to this focus area.
The social host, or Ordinance on Unruly Gatherings, holds individuals criminally responsible for hosting, organizing and allowing an unruly event or social gathering. The Eugene Municipal Court has assigned a base fine of $375 for criminal violations of this ordinance. Additionally, property owners where the event is hosted may also be penalized if there are multiple violations of this ordinance. Both hosts and property owners may be civilly liable for police, fire and public works response costs that fall under this ordinance, at an estimated cost of $800 per incident. For more information: SOCIAL HOST
(Information from EPD)