By Robert Haugh
The Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD) announced that it has been awarded a $75,068 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to reduce alcohol-related harm in the community.
“This grant is a major boost to our efforts to keep alcohol away from minors and prevent alcohol-related crime,” said Police Chief Pat Nikolai. “It will allow us to increase enforcement at problem locations and provide more education and outreach to our community.”
The grant is one of nearly 50 awarded in California through the ABC’s Alcohol Policing Partnership (APP) program.
The APP program is designed to strengthen partnerships between ABC and local law enforcement agencies to reduce alcohol-related harm.
“The APP program has been a proven success in reducing alcohol-related crime and improving the quality of life in neighborhoods,” said ABC Director Eric Hirata. “We’re pleased to be able to provide this funding to the SCPD and other law enforcement agencies across California.”
The funds from the grant will be used to support a variety of activities, including:
- Increased enforcement of alcohol laws, including sales to minors and intoxicated patrons
- Education and outreach to businesses and the community about alcohol laws and responsible drinking
- Partnerships with other agencies, such as the Department of Public Health, to address the root causes of alcohol-related harm