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La Crosse Police Officer to Speak on Efforts to Stop Binge Drinking

RELEASED: Feb. 29, 2008

Officer Drew Gavrilos
Officer Drew Gavrilos

EAU CLAIRE — The Bridge Campus Community Coalition on Alcohol Issues in Eau Claire and the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present "United We Stand" at 3 p.m. Friday, March 7, in the Hibbard Hall Penthouse at UW-Eau Claire.

The event is an opportunity for the Eau Claire community to learn from La Crosse, Wis., about an aggressive public information campaign that community waged against binge drinking.

After the 10th alcohol-related death of a college-aged person in 10 years in La Crosse, the community came together to take a stand. "United We Stand," presented by Drew Gavrilos of the La Crosse Police Department, will describe how La Crosse utilized new legislation, non-traditional enforcement techniques, alcohol education and an aggressive public information campaign to raise awareness and gain community support. Student-driven initiatives played a major role in gaining support from the city's college community, and new legislation focused on keg registration and public intoxication were enacted with unprecedented public support.

Gavrilos has been in law enforcement for 11 years, serving La Crosse as a patrol officer, school resource officer, investigator and, most recently, in community services. He is a tactical operator and crisis negotiator with the department's emergency response team, a defensive tactics instructor and an original member of the alcohol compliance and education team. Gavrilos spent two years as a special agent for the U.S. Secret Service. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing and is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga., and the James J. Rowley Training Center in Beltsville, Md.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jennifer Lee at CASE at 715-836-5111 or leejs@uwec.edu.

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