Police and City of Fargo addressing alcohol issues in Fargo

Published: Apr. 21, 2022 at 10:39 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The Fargo Police Dept. and the Liquor Control Board are taking steps to address alcohol related issues in town after their recent meeting on Wednesday. FPD has implemented a new system to track these incidents and hired a criminal analyst to break down the information.

“We’re now able to look at this in a deeper analytical perspective and start to identify almost like from a crime perspective.” said Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski.

According to Zibolski, three of the biggest issues in Fargo in regard to alcohol is underage drinking, over consumption and disorderly behavior. In a recent report from FPD, between the dates of March 11 to April 13, there multiple calls for over intoxication.

Short list of over intoxication incidents from the Fargo PD report:

- March 27, police reported to The Windbreak where a woman had to be removed after becoming aggressive with the staff.

- April 2, a woman was found at Twin Peaks who could hardly communicate with responders

- April 8, a woman was found to be so intoxicated that she couldn’t stand and had soiled herself at The Windbreak. She later blew a .333 on a breathalyzer.

The Liquor Control Board is now looking to crack down on businesses that over serve. Exploring options through ordinances and stricter penalties, even levying the threat of removing a license. All five members of the board expressed concerns over the alcohol related issues in town.

“City issues the license, there’s no guarantee that they’re going to keep that license and especially if they’re not cooperative. So I guess that’s my concern. We do have lot’s of tools at our disposal.” said Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn.

However, as it currently stands, Zibolski said it’s not easy enforcing over serving violations. He did express gratitude to see the Board also investing time in to tackling this issue.

“It’s difficult to enforce unless you’re almost right there and I can observe you appearing to be pretty intoxicated and I observe a bartender serve you when obviously shouldn’t serve you,” said Zibolski. “So it’s not an easy thing to know about or enforce.”

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