MADD Cites Esserman for Handling of Party With Underage Drinking


The Providence executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Gabrielle Abbate, says Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman should have called his own department for help in dispersing a party at his home after he discovered minors were drinking alcohol, reports the Providence Journal. Esserman discovered there was illegal drinking by minors at his daughter’s graduation party at their house Friday night. He broke up the party and sent the partygoers home.

Esserman said he and his son chaperoned the party but that attendance grew to about 100 and included young adults and minors who did not attend his daughter’s school and were not known to him. Two people are insufficient to handle a crowd of that size, said Abbate, whose group sponsors training for law enforcers in party dispersals. Esserman said, “I made a judgment call that the best thing to do was to stop this party, fast, and to get people going.” Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare is evaluating the situation to determine if administrative action is called for. Pare is chairman of MADD, whose award to law enforcement agencies for admirable work in dealing with underage drinking bears his name.

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