ABC Grant Designed to Stop Alcohol-Related Crime/Sales to Minors

Jul 31, 2013 No Comments by

CLOVIS – The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) this month awarded the Clovis Police Department a $35,500 GAP (Grant Assistance Program) grant as part of a yearlong agency partnership to curb alcohol-related crimes in the city and stop the sales of wine, beer and spirits to teenagers in Clovis. This grant will provide for more officers on the street in a special enforcement capacity to ensure public safety.

The GAP program was created in 1995 to strengthen partnerships between ABC and local law enforcement agencies. The program is designed first to educate businesses on how to reduce alcohol crime, and secondly to enforce the law by putting bad operators out of business, keeping alcohol away from minors, and bringing penalties such as fines, suspensions or revocations against businesses that violate the law.

Under the grant, Clovis Police and ABC officers will work together on sting and enforcement operations throughout the year. Operatives, between the ages of seventeen and nineteen, will serve as decoys and attempt to purchase alcohol from bars, restaurants and stores. Other details will include working with bar owners to catch minors presenting false IDs at bars (carries a fine for violators), patrol details targeting juvenile/minor alcohol parties and inspections of ABC licensed businesses.

The grant also provides for education to licensed businesses, additional training for patrol officers on enforcement of alcohol related laws, and outreach to schools and juveniles in the community on the dangers of alcohol.



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