Police in Fort Collins, Colo., are asking Super Bowl partiers to let them know how many people you’re expecting for the big game, what time the festivities will get under way and — most importantly — two phone numbers where you can be reached if things get out of hand.
“If you live in the city limits of Fort Collins and you are hosting a Super Bowl Party, you can register your party with the City,” states a notice on the website for the city’s Neighborhood Services Department.
Hosts who register their parties with the authorities — in person and with an ID — will get a heads-up phone call from the cops if anyone calls to complain about noise or nuisances. That starts a 20-minute clock in which the host must break up the party or risk an in-person visit and possibly a citation.
The party registration struck some commenters on the Fort Collins Coloradoan website as draconian.
“And while you’re at it, please also register any upcoming hot tub parties, birthday get-togethers, bunko night activities and holiday celebrations,” wrote Steve Bonham. “Government over reach on steroids!”
“This is why I like the county,” wrote Raygina Kohlmeier. “When we have a party, we walk over to the neighbors and tell them, ‘We’re having a party on this day, at this time, for this reason. Stop by if you like.’ Haven’t had anyone call the sheriff on a party.”
The police have other helpful tips on their website to “keep your celebration safe and conflict free.”
They include: “Celebrate in a non-confrontational, non-destructive manner; use good sportsmanship behavior; demonstrate good character; be independent. Don’t get caught up in the crowd mentality.”
The statement also discourages people from rioting with the warning, “Remember, there is no anonymity in a crowd.”
They also apparently prefer no anonymity for people throwing a party.
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