UPDATE: Problem drinkers put on Janesville 'no serve list'

By: Madeline Anderson Email
By: Madeline Anderson Email

UPDATED Wednesday, July 24, 2013 --- 9:53 a.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Janesville police are asking bar owners not to serve alcohol to 10 people who require emergency services more often than most residents.

Police officer Joe McNally says the people on the "no serve list" have had three run-ins with police in the past six months. Those incidents include trips to jail or detox, along with less formal interventions, such as an officer driving someone home.

McNally says all those interactions cost the city. For example, a trip to detox runs about $400, plus the time for an officer to take someone there and the time for a doctor to clear the person.

McNally tells the Janesville Gazette that people will be taken off the list if they have less than three contacts with police after six months.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 --- 10:35 p.m.

Mugshots in hand of the 10 most troublesome drinkers in town, Janesville patrol officer Joe McNally goes door-to-door, asking tavern and liquor store owners not to serve them alcohol.

"So if you could just post this where all of your employees can see it," McNally explained to one owner.

Each liquor establishment in Janesville is given the names, ages and in most cases photos of the people on the "No Serve" list.

"To be placed on the list, a person will have to have three police contacts of a negative nature over a six month period," McNally said.

The idea has been implemented in a number of of cities in varying ways, including Green Bay and Madison. Now Janesville Police are hoping it frees up resources and saves taxpayers money.

An individual will remain on the list for six months, until the next one comes out. No more run-ins with law enforcement means his or her information is taken off. Everyone on the list has already been notified.

"One person was glad to be on the list because she felt it would help her stop drinking," McNally said. "Another person said she didn't care because she stopped drinking on her own a couple weeks ago. And then a lot of them are just indifferent."

McNally says one person on the list is appealing his placement.

Among bar owners, most are on board with the program.

"We're not sure how it's going to work, we're not sure if it's going to work. What we're trying to do is help the police department," said Sharen Hoskins, owner of the East Point Sports Pub and Rock Co. Tavern League president.

Hoskins says it's not worth the business to have belligerent patrons.

"We all make our living selling alcohol, don't get me wrong. But if there is somebody who has a problem with alcohol, and if they're causing problems while they're drinking, perhaps they shouldn't be drinking," she said. "I can't speak for every tavern owner, but I don't want to serve those people. I don't want those people here."

In the long run, McNally hopes it will also reduce the number of calls for service, whether it's for injuries, detox or public safety.

"Just for detox submissions from January 1 of 2012, through April 8 of this year, we had 264 detox submissions," McNally said. "One person was admitted 24 times during that period. We get a lot of agencies and resources that are spending a lot of money on a lot of these people. They're chronic abusers."

People who have citations or charges associated with drunken driving are not on the list. Tavern and liquor store owners worried the list would be too long if it included them.

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