In response to concerns for public safety, the two groups are reviewing current policies and standards in place at the municipality’s venues, when it comes to the appropriate level of staffing to handle the volume of people in attendance. Police have dealt with several serious complaints in connection to recent teen dances, including extreme intoxication, assaults, noise disturbances, damage to property, overcrowding, and resistance to security and police.
“We are very concerned about the potential risks youth and teens face in these types of environments,” said Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Peter McIsaac. “Large groups of teens coming together, combined with the presence of underage drinking is a scary combination; if these dances are to continue, additional measures must be put in place to ensure the safety of everyone involved.”
Police have met with local dance promoters to discuss these concerns and will continue working with them to implement regulations that will help offer save events for youth and teens in the CBRM.
“The Cape Breton Regional Municipality has not, and will not, cancel dances for youth and teens in our community,” said CBRM Mayor John Morgan. “We will, however, put guidelines and regulations in place to ensure public safety at our venues, and continue to monitor these events.”
The CBRM and police will also be meeting with officials from the Cape Breton-Victoria School Board to discuss what role they may be able to play in offering safe events for students.
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