updated 5/27/2004 5:00:43 PM ET 2004-05-27T21:00:43

The long arm of the law may be ringing your doorbell and holding a pizza.

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Police in Portsmouth hope to enlist pizza delivery people and hotel clerks to help cut into underage drinking and parents who allow it.

Under a new law, it’s illegal for the owner or occupants of a home or hotel room to host a gathering of five or more minors who are drinking or using drugs. Teens as young as 17 who throw a party could be tried as adults.

Portsmouth Police Sergeant Mike Schwartz said the program is called the “Booze Bounty.” He said food delivery people and hotel clerks would receive $50 if their anonymous tips of suspicious activity leads to the arrest of a party host.

“The message being sent to parents is that it’s not safe for them to host a party,” said Jackie Valley, of the Community Diversion Program in Greenland, which works to keep at-risk youths out of trouble with the law. “This doesn’t change the fact that youths using alcohol is still illegal.”

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