Start of school brings police reminder concerning loud parties

With the start of the school year, Tempe police have reminded residents of Tempe neighborhoods that the cityís Loud Party Ordinance will be enforced.

Amended in October 2003, the new version allows police to issue a written warning with the first complaint call for a private party.

If police need to return, they can issue a fine of up to $1,000 for those responsible (including absentee landlords). For complete information, go to the Crime Prevention Unitís Web site at or call 480-858-6330.

It should be noted, however, that if neighbors are considerate of each other, no calls will be needed.

If you are planning a party at your residence, be sure to notify neighbors and be willing to move the location if they oppose it.

Keep noise to a minimum; control the behavior and number of your guests; and call the police if the event gets out of your control. 

If you have a concern with a party in your neighborhood, you can contact the party-giver prior to the event, if possible, or call the Police Departmentís non-emergency number 480-350-8311 to request that a beat officer share the Party Ordinance information with the party-planner.

If the party is going on and a concern arises, you can contact the responsible person or call Tempe Police (at the non-emergency number) to report the disturbance. You must be willing to aid in prosecution.

Ongoing problems will be handled by the Crime Prevention Unit.