Underage drinking

S.T.A.A.T. is a program designed by the Hinsdale Police Department to combat under age drug and alcohol abuse.  It hopes to combine the assistance between Parents, Teens, Police Officers, and other members of the community in order to accomplish this task.

STAAT Program includes:

  • Community Service for first time alcohol local ordinance violations.

  • Notification letters to parents when alcohol use is suspected.

  • Anonymous Party tip Hotline “Stop the Party before it Starts”.

  • Zero tolerance arrests for teens found consuming or possessing alcohol by Police. First time offenders are sent through the Peer Jury Program.

  • Arrest Free Alternative if Parents Suspect Alcohol Use.

  • Police to Anonymously Check Suspected Drugs for Parents.

  • All Alcohol Offenders must attend our Alive at 25 Defensive Driving Course.

Notification letters to parents when alcohol use is suspected.

  • Officers finding vehicles parked in places and at times where alcohol use is suspected will send a letter to the registered vehicle owner advising them of the circumstances where the vehicle was parked and encouraging a parental follow-up query with the teen if necessary.

Arrest Free Alternative if Parents Suspect Alcohol or Drug Use allowing parents to notify Police if their teen comes home after consuming alcohol:

  • Officer will respond and conduct a voluntary preliminary breath test for alcohol.
  • Teen not questioned or taken into custody, appointment will be made with the teen and parent to meet with a Juvenile Officer.
  • School and newspaper are not notified of the violation.
  • No computerized arrest record.

Police to Anonymously Check Suspected Drugs for Parents

  • Parents may bring suspected materials to police department where the department will conduct an anonymous field test to identify the substance.
  • If the test is positive the parents will be advised and the substance disposed of.
  • Police will not question or attempt to identify the person bringing the substance in,or the suspected teen.