"No serve list" handed out at bars

By: WEAU staff Email
By: WEAU staff Email

JANESVILLE, Wis. (WEAU) - Janesville police are asking bar owners to not serve alcohol to 10 people who require emergency services too often.

Police say 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 having to drive someone home.

Officers say all those interactions cost the city money.

For example, a trip to detox runs at about $400, plus the time for an officer to take someone there, and the time for a doctor to clear the person.

Officer McNally says, "Just for detox submissions from January 1 of 2012, through April 8 of this year, we had 264 detox submissions...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."

Everyone who is put on this list does have the right to contact an alcohol advisory board and request to be taken off.

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