Many law enforcement investigations may start with some kind of tip to police. Police often respond after a caller claims that suspicious activity may be going on in a neighborhood. Often, a caller will report excessive noise, or possibly an unruly party going on. Recently, police in Chester Township assert that they fielded an anonymous tip that a large underage drinking party was underway at a residence in the township.
Police responded to the area and claim that most of the teenagers who were allegedly attending the party scattered into the night. The report Friday night led to a large scale investigation into the alleged underage party. Police claim that the cold temperatures made it necessary to scour the area for teens who may be outside after allegedly fleeing from the residence after law enforcement arrived.
Patrols from numerous agencies were called out to look for teens. Washington Township, Mount Olive and Chester Borough Department officers hit the streets looking for teens. A K-9 unit from the Morris County Sheriff's office was unleashed to search for alleged underage drinkers. But the search was not confined to merely officers on the ground. Authorities called in the assistance of a New Jersey State Police Northstar helicopter to provide air surveillance of the area in the search for suspects.
Authorities say that the search was necessitated by the weather. Law enforcement says that all of the alleged teens were located, either in person or by telephone before the search was ended. It is not clear from the media what conversations were had in relation to the alleged party. A spokesperson with Chester Township says that the host of the alleged party could be facing charges for the incident.
Source: NJ.com, "Helicopter scours Chester Township woods after police break up underage drinking party," Justin Zaremba, Feb. 2, 2013