Menlo Park Police has completed a $54,500 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol-related harm.
The grant resulted in approximately 85 arrests, increased visits to ABC licensed businesses, and a stronger bond between the community and law enforcement. This was important to the City of Menlo Park in order to increase protection for youth and to discipline problem locations that have contributed to an increase in crime.
The grant was one of nearly 50 awarded in California to local law enforcement agencies through ABC’s Alcohol Policing Partnership (APP) Program. The grant program has helped strengthen local law enforcement efforts by combining the resources of local police officers and ABC agents. ABC agents have expertise in alcoholic beverage laws and help communities reduce alcohol-related harm.
“The program improves the quality of life in neighborhoods,” said ABC Director Eric Hirata. “We’ve seen a real difference in the communities where the grant program resources have been invested.”
The APP Program was created in 1995 to build relationships between ABC and local law enforcement agencies. The program is designed to put bad operators out of business, keep alcohol away from minors and bring penalties such as fines, suspensions or revocations against businesses that violate the law.
The funds were used to reduce the number of alcoholic beverage sales to minors, obviously intoxicated patrons, illegal solicitations of alcohol, and other criminal activities such as the sale and possession of illegal drugs.
ABC is a department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.