RPD awarded Alcoholic Beverage Control grant

RPD awarded Alcoholic  Beverage Control grantThe Ridgecrest Police Department announced recently that it received a $25,000 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to curb underage drinking.

“Consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 years of age can lead to crimes such as driving under the influence, batteries, sexual assaults and other incidents,” said a release from the department. “The Ridgecrest Police Department, with assistance from ABC will be conducting several operations, as well as public and business education to reduce minor access to alcohol.”

Activities include the Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs program, a voluntary prevention and education program for alcohol retail licensees, applicants and their employers. The department is offering the training online due to COVID-19 restrictions and the content can be found at abc.ca.gov/education/register-for-licensee-training/register-for-online-lead-training. Officers will inspect businesses that sell alcohol, correcting compliance issues and conducting follow-up visits.

Additionally, agencies will use underage decoys who attempt to purchase alcohol or solicit adults to purchase alcohol on their behalf. Any person seen furnishing alcohol to the minor decoy is arrested and cited or booked.

“The use of underage decoys to check whether licensees are selling alcohol to minors can show a dramatic drop in illegal activity,” said the release.

Lastly, the department will monitor any fairs, festivals or special events to ensure they are operating in accordance with laws regarding alcohol sales.

“Aggressive enforcement, mixed with public education, will successfully limit the access of alcohol to minors and improve the quality of life in Ridgecrest,” said the release. For more information, contact RPD’s Sgt. Ryan Marrone 760-499-5143.

Story First Published: 2020-07-24