By SDCN Editor
San Diego, CA–The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to reduce alcohol-related harm in the communities we serve.
The grant is one of nearly 50 awarded in California to local law enforcement agencies through ABC’s Alcohol Policing Partnership (APP) program.
These grants strengthen local law enforcement efforts by combining the efforts of deputies, police officers, and ABC agents. ABC agents have expertise in alcoholic beverage laws and can help communities solve alcohol-related problems, Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Michael Arens stated in a news release.
The APP program was created in 1995 to strengthen partnerships between ABC and local law enforcement agencies. The program is designed to keep alcohol away from minors, as well as bring penalties such as fines, suspensions or revocations against businesses that violate the law.
The grant funds will be used to help prevent alcoholic beverage sales to minors and obviously intoxicated patrons, illegal solicitations of alcohol, and other criminal activities such as the sale and possession of illegal drugs. The APP Program has distributed more than $40 million to local law enforcement to reduce alcohol-related crime.