Syracuse Bar Raids on the Way Out

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A state-supported program that gave college police money to raid bars in search of underage drinkers seems to be definitively dead, Syracuse University's Daily Orange reports. Operation Prevent backed nine bar raids, confiscating more than 250 fake IDs, between 2003 and 2006. The last happened more than a year ago, in February 2006, when police found under-21 drinkers at Faegan's Cafe and Pub and Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar.

But university police have "shifted priorities" as state funding for the program has dried up. Meanwhile, underage drinking and extreme intoxication cases have risen 55 percent in the past two years, the Orange reports.