HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!Boston Police Encourage Parade-Goers To Celebrate Responsibly St. Patrick’s Day is an exciting time throughout the City for residents and guests. The City of Boston in conjunction with the Boston Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to celebrate responsibly to ensure a safe and family-friendly environment. It is our hope that residents and guests alike will enjoy the festivities. At this time, the Boston Police Department is working closely with other city agencies and members of the South Boston community to create an event that is designed for families. Throughout the holiday weekend, the Boston Police Department will be taking steps to increase patrols. The intent is to encourage people to celebrate responsibly while strictly adhering to all alcohol laws. There are a few points we hope the community will keep in mind to assist with a successful event. WHAT THE BPD EXPECTS FROM THE COMMUNITY • Enjoy the Parade and please be considerate of fellow parade-goers. • Public drinking will not be tolerated. • Don’t engage in negative behavior such as fighting, throwing beverages or destroying property. • Respect police instructions and, if asked to leave an area, please do so peacefully. • Please be aware that parking along the parade route will be limited. Individuals are reminded to be mindful of street signs and to follow parking instructions. • Taxis and public transportation offer inexpensive and smart alternatives to drinking and driving. Please take advantage of them. A designated driver is also an alternative. • If you are hosting a party along the parade route, YOU are responsible for your guests. Please make safe decisions and refrain from unsafe roof top viewing. WHAT THE COMMUNITY SHOULD EXPECT FROM THE BPD • BPD will significantly increase patrols in and around the South Boston area. • BPD maintains open lines of communication with all local colleges and Universities. Any student arrested will not only face criminal charges, but will also be subject to penalties imposed by their academic institution. • BPD will strictly enforce compliance to all alcohol laws. Officers will be conducting walk-throughs of bars and city streets especially in areas highly populated with college students. In addition, officers are working cooperatively with liquor establishments to be sure alcohol laws are strictly enforced. • DUI enforcement will be a priority and we will have officers on duty focused specifically on this effort. Do not ruin your celebration by hurting yourself or others. • Officers will conduct themselves in a professional, respectful and proportional manner.