Police Department gets two new grants

Police Department gets two new grantsThe Ridgecrest Police Department announced this week that it has received two new grants.

An $80,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety will help fund one year of enforcement and education programs that strive to reduce death and injury on California roads.

According to Chief Jed McLaughlin, the grant will support saturation patrols to identify those driving under the influence as well as drivers who are distracted.

The funding is applicable to numerous programs, ranging from DUI checkpoints to field-test training and more.

“Getting in a vehicle remains one of the most dangerous things we do,” said OTS Director Barbara Rooney. “We must continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to shift that realization and make traveling on our roads safer.”

RPD has also been awarded $11,700 through the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

“Consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 years of age is heavily associated with crimes such as driving under the influence, batteries, sexual assaults and other alcohol-related incidents,” said a spokesperson.

RPD identified four main methods by which minors obtain alcohol — visiting off-sale establishments, soliciting patrons near establishments for purchase, giving money to adults to purchase or theft.

“The Ridgecrest Police Department and ABC believe that aggressive enforcement mixed with public education will successfully limit the access of alcohol to minors and improve the quality of life in Ridgecrest,” said a spokesperson.

Contact Sgt. Ryan Marrone at 760-499-5143.

Story First Published: 2019-12-06