Donald C. Cudmore, Chief of Police
47 Central Street
Georgetown, MA 01833
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Georgetown Police Department Invites Community to Attend Social Host Liability Workshop
GEORGETOWN — Police Chief Donald C. Cudmore announces that the Georgetown Police Department is hosting “Keeping Our Kids Safe: A Social Host Liability” workshop to explain what residents need to know about Massachusetts law, social host liability and supplying alcohol to minors.
Monday, April 24 from 6-8 p.m.
Georgetown Middle/High School Auditorium, 11 Winter St.
- Police Chief Donald C. Cudmore
- Henry Olshefsky, School Resource Officer
- William Melkonian, Essex District Attorney’s Office
The “Keeping Our Kids Safe: A Social Host Liability” workshop will include discussion on underage drinking, the best practices on how to safely celebrate with young people, and how to keep guests safe and protect yourself from liability.
Social Host Liability is the legal term for the responsibility of a person who furnishes liquor to a guest. A Social Host is anyone who is in control of the premises and who furnishes alcohol or allows it to be consumed on those premises.
According to the Essex District Attorney’s Office, in Massachusetts, whoever furnishes alcohol to a person under 21 years of age can be punished by a fine of $2,000 and imprisonment of up to a year. In this case, ‘furnish’ means to knowingly or intentionally supply, give, provide or allow alcohol on the premises or property owned or controlled by the person charged.
The workshop is sponsored by the Georgetown Substance Abuse Advisory Panel and Georgetown C.A.R.E.S.
For more information about the workshop, contact the Georgetown Police Department at 978-352-5700.