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New Program Nets Six Arrests

By Katie Jeffreys
Staff Reporter

Two Harvard University students were arrested by Cambridge police officers last weekend through the Cambridge Police's new Cops in Shops program, aimed at detering the underage purchase of alcohol.

On Friday at 7:45 p.m., Jorge F. Tello of Milton was "arrested for procuring alcohol by false representation and a minor transporting alcohol."

At the same time, Rodman Moorhead of New York was arrested and charged as a "minor transporting alcohol."

The new Cops in Shops program is "part of an ongoing investigation in which we will be having cops in [liquor] shops throughout the Cambridge area," said Frank Pasquarello, public information officer at the Cambridge Police Department.

The program is the result of cooperation between the Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Licensing Board, as well as the MIT and Harvard administration and campus police. It began Friday evening and has resulted in six arrests.

The program is not specifically targeted at MIT and Harvard students but at all minors attempting to purchase alcohol, as well as legal alcohol purchases intended for underage individuals.

Saturday night, Wilbert McCoy, 21, from Dorchester, bought alcohol for two Cambridge 15-year-olds. All three were placed under arrest.

"Those arrests are what the program was designed to do, regardless of where the people are from," said Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin.

Harvard administrators have disseminated an alcohol policy to all their students. "It detailed what may or may not happen if you are involved in an alcohol-related incident with the city police or the university police," said Peggy Magdemeyer of the Harvard police.

Harvard Dean Harry Lewis had no comment on the arrests or what disciplinary action will be taken. He emphasized Harvard's alcohol policy, which "mentions the cooperation between city authorities and the college to control abuse of alcohol. We were aware of the Cops in Shops program; I believe that posters announcing it are also widely evident in the city."

"It is unfortunate that despite all the advertisement that was done that some people still attempted to purchase alcohol. The program is doing what it intended," Glavin said.

The Cambridge Police is "taking this Cops in Shops program to the fullest We know we are not going to stop the problem, but we want to put a serious dent in it," Pasquarello said.

"There is a possibility this will save someone's life," he said. "This is a great program that the Cambridge Licensing Board as well as the colleges and police departments hope to continue on."

When asked about the effectiveness of the program thus far, Pasquarello was quick to point out that "we have six people who believe it is effective."