Irvine Police Department Press Release

Farrah Emami - Public Information Officer
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606



PRESS RELEASE #08/13/2013
Subject :

Irvine Police Receive Grant to Combat Underage Drinking
Contact :Julia Engen, Lieutenant    949-724-7112

IRVINE, CA (August 13, 2013):  The Irvine Police Department has been awarded a $52,875 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).  The grant will enable the Department to aggressively pursue “zero-tolerance” enforcement of underage drinking laws as well as other alcohol related violations.

Enforcement activities will begin immediately and continue throughout the 1-year grant period.  Irvine officers will collaborate with ABC personnel on a variety of activities through July 2014.

“Protecting the youth in our Community is one of our most important responsibilities,” said Chief Maggard.  “This grant will enhance our efforts in both education and enforcement”.

Irvine Police Detectives will coordinate the grant funded activities which will include the following:  

·         Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) - Training for local establishments on checking identification,  signs of illicit drug activity, techniques for refusing service and California alcohol laws.

·         Shoulder Tap Operations – Subjects contacted outside retail establishments to purchase alcohol for a minor.

·         Decoy Operations – Service or sale to a minor (18-20 years old) without requesting identification or after observing identification that clearly shows the minor is underage.

·         Informed Merchants Preventing Alcohol-Related Crime Tendencies (IMPACT) – Meetings/inspections with off-sale (merchants) and on-sale (service) establishments.

·         Under-cover operations – Plain clothes officers observing sales and service.

·         Directed Enforcement Operations utilizing patrol officers to respond to incidents of Social Hosting.

·         Directed Enforcement Operations at large scale special events.



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