The San Diego Police Department's Community Assisted Party Program (CAPP) aims to curb nuisance behavior at chronic party houses.
A house can be CAPP'd for several reasons, including:
Two or more First Response Notices received within 60 calendar days or a Second Response Notice is issued.
A First Response Notice is similar to a written warning indicating that officers have responded and residents on the property are educated on the notice.
A Second Response Notice is the second occurrence of the violation within a 24-hour period.
A single Minor in Possession of alcohol citation is issued at a party
A single Social Host violation is issued at a party.
A violent crime is committed at a party or resulting from a party.
A misdemeanor or felony arrest as a result of a party.
NOTE: A house cannot receive a CAPP designation simply for parking, traffic or littering.
If a residence receives a CAPP designation:
- Officers will show zero tolerance when responding to all future party calls, which may result in direct enforcement.
- All responsible parties will receive an Administrative Citation for any valid follow-up noise complaints.
- An Administrative Citation is a $1,000 fine and the process is civil, as opposed to criminal. Offenders may seek an appeal to the citation.
- Administrative Citations are not reserved solely for a CAPP-designated house and may be issued at the discretion of the responding officer(s). Factors may include history of similar incidents at the location, cooperation/attitude of party hosts and guests, severity of the noise relative to time of day, ambient noise, proximity to neighbors, etc. and use of alcohol and ease of its access.
If a house is CAPP'd, it will remain on the CAPP list for 1 year, regardless of occupant changes.
While the party is occurring, call the non-emergency line at 619-531-2000. If the party has ceased by the time the officers arrive, then they may not be able to take enforcement action.