Glenwood Springs Police handling more problems at Summer of Jazz this year
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Police have reported more problems this year at Summer of Jazz events, said Police Chief Terry Wilson.
He’s not talking about kids dancing in front of the stage and distracting certain parents or performers, he’s talking about violations of law involving underage drinking, marijuana or open container violations.
There were about 11 of those types of arrests or citations issued at the event Wednesday. Wilson said that appears to be the highest number yet at a Summer of Jazz concert.
“It’s definitely more of a problem than previous years,” Wilson said. “We haven’t had an evening where we’ve been able to be over there yet where we haven’t made arrests.”
Other years there would be maybe one or two nights that were “a little ragged,” he said, but this year the violations are starting to be more consistent.
He said it’s unfortunate something that’s been such a great community event for years can’t occur without a police presence to keep people behaving lawfully and responsibly.
“As a community we’re not handling it,” he said. “We’re not doing it right.”
Some might question whether marijuana, underage drinking and open containers outside designated areas should be discouraged at outdoor concerts.
Wilson says police must enforce the laws whether or not people want to violate them. His greatest concern is underage drinking that could lead to drunken driving. He said police picked up a group of teenagers Wednesday who were too drunk to walk.
“How many drunk 16-year-olds do we really want cruising our highways when they’re going home?” he said.
He said it seems like the word is out that underage kids can easily go to the event and find someone to buy them alcohol.
The most important thing people can do is not tolerate people buying alcohol for underage kids and the other issues.
“When an event is going to be ruined by the actions of a few I think that people have to turn their attention to it and say, ‘We’re not going to let that happen.'”
Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121
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