The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department received a grant of $ 97,000 from California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to reduce alcohol-related crime in the county.
The money will be allocated to fight alcohol-related crimes in Isla Vista and Goleta, including sales of alcoholic beverages to minors, illegal solicitation or possession of alcohol, and other crimes and abuse related to alcohol, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. .
The California Department of Alcohol Control (ABC) Alcohol Policing Partnership Program (APPP) funds many grants that law enforcement agencies can use to tackle alcohol-related crimes in communities.
“This grant is important to strengthen our efforts to protect the youth in our community by keeping alcohol away from minors and holding companies that break the law to account,” said Lt. John Maxwell. “The Sheriff’s Office greatly appreciates our partnership with California ABC to work to reduce the damage resulting from alcohol-related crimes.”
According to UCSB Daily Nexus, about 60% of crimes in Isla Vista are alcohol-related, as evidence from arrest data from the sheriff’s office. Crimes in this category include charges such as possession of a minor, possession of an open container, and public drunkenness.
The APPP grant aims to “improve public safety by combining the efforts of local law enforcement officers and CBA officers, who have expertise in alcoholic beverage laws and can help communities reduce alcohol-related problems â.
The goal of the grant is to reduce alcohol-related crime within communities.
– Atmika Iyer is a Noozhawk Contributor and County News Editor for UCSB Daily Nexus.
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