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BATH TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Police departments patrolling the three communities in the Revere Local School District are asking parents and hosts of graduation parties to register where and when they are taking place.

Bath, Copley and Richfield police call it a courtesy service. The plan is to provide additional patrols to neighborhoods during the parties to address possible parking hazards, safety concerns and to make sure young people attending the parties are safe.

Richfield Lieutenant Joe Davis said officers with his department have a good rapport with many of the children in the district and believes they would also be happy to see the patrol officers stop in during their parties.

"Our primary concern is to ensure that these parties are done safely, legally of course but to make sure that these kids understand that we are there to assist them in continuing on," said Davis.

Some parents of seniors who are throwing parties say they have no objection to letting police know their plans.

"Absolutely, that wouldn't even be a question," said Carol Bonacci, who has seen five children graduate and insists her plans include having no alcohol whatsoever at her party.

"The parking issue could be a problem in the neighborhood but we would like to make sure that they are following the rules and we intend to do that," said Kim Sabo, the mother of another graduate.

Both believe the hosts of the party should have nothing to worry about if they are doing nothing wrong.

Some seniors at Revere High School are more skeptical.

"They are going to know 'oh there's a party; let's go check things out; see if we have got anybody driving drunk' or something like that," said Paul Gabel.

"Not saying that I'd do anything illegal but, I don't know, I just wouldn't like cops showing up at my door for any reason," said Connor Costanzo.

Some teens said having police patrolling their parties would have more of a feeling that 'big brother' is watching, and would make them feel more nervous than safe.

Police insist they don't want to make anyone feel uncomfortable.

"I'm sure there may be people with that perception but that's not what the program is about and if they have that perception, they truly feel that way, that will be one of those folks that don't register their party," said Davis.

While police say they will give added attention to those parties that are registered, they will not be ignoring others while they are on patrol.

"We'll act as we are required to by law," said Davis, adding "we are trying to give equal attention to all of those parties, those that are registered and those that are unregistered to make sure they happen safely and the kids are safe, that's the biggest goal here.

Events taking place in Bath may be registered online at www.bathtownship.org. Follow the link to the Police Department Page.

Events taking place in Copley may be registered by calling the police administrative office at (330) 666-4218 during normal business hours.

Events taking place in Richfield may be registered by contacting Lt. Joe Davis or Det. Amy Wllis at (330) 659-9500 during normal business hours.