The KEY Program - Preventing Underage Drinking in our Community

The South Portland Police Department and the South Portland School Department would like to advise you of a program aimed at preventing underage drinking in our community.

The Key Program is designed to allow you to register your home for safety checks while you are away. It has been our experience that homes are used for parties and gathering places while parents are away. These events often involve alcohol, get out of hand and cause a call for the police to respond. Go to the sidebar to register for the program. Either electronically or by printing the registration form.,

ABOUT THE KEY PROGRAM

MOST parents believe their children are NOT involved in drinking behavior.  Unfortunately, many of our teens are drinking. Teen drinking can lead to serious consequences, for you as well as your children. The Parent & Police Partnership Key Program is a free service for area parents. It’s a new program designed to decrease the number of parties where underage drinking occurs, keep your children safe and your home free from damage.

THIS IS HOW IT WORKS

When you plan to leave your teen at home, without supervision, you may register your home for safety checks with the South Portland Police Department.

Registration information includes your name, address, the dates you’ll be away & contact information for a person who will act as the key holder. If the police notice anything out of the ordinary in their safety check, they will, with your permission retrieve the key from the key holder and enter the house. You will be notified of any problems.

YOUTH AND ALCOHOL

  • Purchase/possession of alcohol by people under the age of 21is illegal in all 50 states, including Maine.
  • If you allow underage drinking in your home you are in violation of Maine State Law. Conviction is punishable by fine, imprisonment or both.
  • Additionally, you may be held responsible through Civil Action resulting in significant monetary liability.

Did You Know?

  • Alcohol use is involved in two-thirds of sexual assaults and date rapes among teens and college students.
  • Alcohol contributes to more than 40% of all academic problems and in 28% of all high school dropouts.
  • Teens who engage in alcohol use are more likely to engage in high-risk activities such as unplanned or unwanted sex, criminal acts and domestic violence.

ALCOHOL is the number one drug problem among teenagers. Twenty-eight percent of 12 to 20 year olds admitted to having consumed at least one alcoholic drink in the past month.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the online registration form or printing the form to register (See sidebar).

EMPOWER your teenagers to make safe choices…while you’re away.

By communicating with your teens about the dangers of using alcohol you are telling your children you care. By participating in the Key Program you are telling your children and others that you DO NOT support underage drinking.

If you have any questions or concerns, please  feel  free  to  contact  the  High School  Resource  Officer  or  the  South Portland Police Department.

South Portland Police Department

Community Response Officer Robert Scarpelli

207-799-5511 ext 7221

 

South Portland High School

School Resource Officer Al Giusto

207-767-3266 ext 3830

 

SP Unite All Ages, All In

Coordinator Lee Anne Dodge

207-767-3266 ext 3422