Safe Party Tips from Provincetown Police Chief Jim Golden

A word to the wise for a safe, fun party...

Another excellent educational piece from Provincetown Police Chief Jim Golden:

Chief’s Corner,

Our local high school, the Nauset Regional High School will graduate next weekend and many families will be hosting parties to celebrate the success of their graduates. I thought a few words to help potential hosts plan a party that will be incident free and enjoyed by all.

The Provincetown Police Department has become accustomed to the presence of noise and party related problems, especially during the summer. When this revelry threatens the personal safety of our residents and visitors or negatively impacts the quality of life within neighborhoods (noise), the Police Department must take action to improve conditions. Usually this involves one visit and a brief conversation with the party host.

If a neighbor or any person calls to complain about a party or noise problem, the Provincetown Police Department will respond to assist with that complainant. A party hosts may also call to request assistance with shutting down a party which may have gotten a little out-of-control.

Please remember, while there is no set time for a party to end, however we recommend that hosts should be reasonable about how late a party should continue, especially when the party lasts into the late evening.

Some Advice for a Safe and Successful Party

1. Advise your neighbors' in advance that you intend to host a party. (Better yet, invite them, even if they decline to attend they may be more pliable before lodging noise complaints).
2. Ensure that everything stays within the footprint of your property or agree to clean up after the party, especially if trash or other debris may have made it onto the street or in a neighbor’s yard.
3. Leave a cell phone number your neighbors can call you to complain (and then please answer the phone if they call).
4. Keep party attendance to a reasonable number.
5. If unruly, intoxicated or uninvited guests show up, call the police to have them removed.
6. Try not to disturb your neighbors late at night. Not only is disturbing the peace is illegal, you may do irreparable harm to the relationship built between you and your neighbors. We live in a community 
where properties are close together, some noise is expected but your celebration may be impacting your neighbor who is simply trying to sleep because he/she has to get to work in the morning. Wind
and elevation DO play a role in how far noise carries in town.
7. DO NOT ALLOW UNDERAGE DRINKING. Just one underage drinker can result in the party's host being arrested under the state’s social host laws. There are ramifications for party hosts or partygoers
who do not follow the rules such as arrests, parental notifications, fines and other sanctions including potential civil consequences. Underage drinking is illegal and those who do so may
be arrested.
8. Do not let drunken partygoers drive home. Make sure to take the car keys of those who drink prior to the party getting into full swing.
9. Illegal parking, noise from ate night visitors, standing outdoors (smoking cigarettes or playing games), underage drinking, trash, and loud noise are all actions that demand police attention.

Everyone enjoys a good party. Good party hosts and good neighbors must remember to respect the rights of those who live nearby by ensuring that their party is kept under control at all times.

Thinking about these simple tips will allow everyone to have a good time and help maintain the quality of life we have come to enjoy.

Members of the Provincetown Police Department offer their sincere congratulations to the graduates of the Nauset High School Class of 2019. (HRC)

We wish all of you the best of luck and success in your future endeavors.

As always, thank you for your support!

Jim Golden
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