Lakeport Police Receive ABC Grant to Combat Dangers of Underage Drinking

Lakeport Police Department joins other California law enforcement agencies in securing grant funding to tackle underage drinking.

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has received a $3.7 million grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

This funding supports 26 law enforcement agencies, including Lakeport Police Department, with up to $40,000 each.

California’s Efforts Against Underage Drinking: Grant Funding for Police Departments

ABC aims to ensure alcoholic beverage compliance among licensees and delivery services, especially during high-drinking holiday periods. The grant focuses on preventing underage alcohol purchases and enforcing alcohol-related laws.

Lakeport City Council approved Police Chief Brad Rasmussen’s request to partner with ABC for the grant. The city’s aim was to secure $10,000 to aid in enforcing alcohol-related statutes.

Officer Todd Freitas highlighted that Lakeport, with approximately 34 licensees, faces alcohol-related challenges.

The police department had recorded 100 alcohol-related statute violations so far that year, contributing to a significant portion of service calls.

The funds support education for voluntary compliance and working with merchants to adhere to alcohol sales regulations. The primary focus remains on preventing youth access to alcohol.

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Programs Funded Through the Grant

The grant extends till September 2024 and supports various ABC programs including Minor Decoy operations, compliance checks, merchant education, and investigations into alcohol-related incidents.

Other Agencies Benefiting from the Grant

Aside from Lakeport, several other law enforcement agencies and sheriff’s offices across California have also been selected by ABC to receive grant funding for similar initiatives.

This simplified version should capture the essence of the grant, its objectives, and its impact on Lakeport and other agencies involved.

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