Boulder Police are planning to arrest those who have failed to appear in court or failed to comply with warrants for minor in possession of alcohol charges, according to a news release.
“Officers may search for defendants at any known points of contact, which could include school and places of employment,” according to the news release.
There are currently 84 offenders eligible for arrest, according to the release.
“An arrest on this type of warrant will require booking at the Boulder County Jail,” according to the release.
The time officers expend on the sweep will be paid for by the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws grant, funded by the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division, according to the release.
Becca Rodman, a 19-year-old sophomore integrative physiology major, said she thinks the punishment may be too harsh.
“I don’t know if they necessarily should arrest people but I don’t think the people should get off either,” Rodman said.
Rodman suggests an ultimatum that may include further warnings and additional court dates.
Jessica Taussig, a 22-year-old senior film studies major, said she also believes a fair warning may be an effective incentive to encourage defendants to appear in court.
“I think if [underage drinkers are] responsible enough to think they can drink underage then they should be responsible enough to show up in court,” Taussig said.
Ryan Martin, a 19-year-old sophomore sociology major, said he does not think the sweep will prevent further underage drinking but may instead have a negative effect on students’ studies.
“Of course you should show up to your court date but I think it’s a little excessive for [Boulder Police] to show up at school and interfere with the students’ studies,” Martin said.
According to the release, those unsure of whether or not there is an active warrant for their arrest can contact the municipal court at 303-441-3030.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Kylie Horner at Kylie.firstname.lastname@example.org.