Seal Beach Police receives grant to fight alcohol related crime

The Seal Beach Police Department has been awarded a $19,700 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol-related crime. The funding for this grant was provided through the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

The grant strengthens local law enforcement efforts by combining the efforts of Seal Beach police officers and ABC agents. ABC agents have expertise in alcoholic beverage laws and can help communities reduce alcohol-related problems. This grant will focus on alcohol licensee inspections and underage minor decoy operations.

“The program improves the quality of life in neighborhoods,” said ABC Director Jacob Appelsmith. “We’ve seen a real difference in the communities where the grant program resources have been invested.”

“We are very honored to receive this grant funding” said Seal Beach Police Chief Phil Gonshak. “By keeping alcohol out of our kids’ hands it will help us prevent other alcohol-related crimes such as DUI and public intoxication.”

The Alcohol Policing Partnership Program (APP) was created in 1995 to strengthen partnerships 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 will be used to reduce the number of alcoholic beverage sales to minors. The Seal Beach Police will conduct operations specifically targeting those who sell alcohol to minors. This includes both retail employees and other community members who agree to purchase alcohol on behalf of those who are underage.

ABC is a Department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.

This article was released by the Seal Beach Police Department.