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Published on September 18, 2023
Livermore Police Get $50,000 Grant for Alcohol-Related CrimesSource: Livermore Police Department

With an increasing concern for alcohol-related harm and its impact on the community, the Livermore Police Department fortifies its efforts with a $50,000 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). This grant is a crucial step towards a safer, more secure city that prioritizes its residents above all else.

As the city grapples with the pervasive issue of alcohol-related crime, Chief Jeramy Young emphasizes the importance of this grant to Livermore, stating that it will “increase protection for youth and address crime at problem locations.” The funds, according to the Livermore Police Department, will be allocated towards preventing the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors and obviously intoxicated patrons, as well as addressing illegal solicitations of alcohol and other criminal activities, such as the sale and possession of illegal drugs.

Livermore is not the only city in California to receive such support. In fact, close to 50 local law enforcement agencies across the state have been awarded grants through ABC's Alcohol Policing Partnership (APP) program. The overarching aim of this initiative is to establish a stronger bond between the state government and local law enforcement agencies, creating a more united front in tackling alcohol-related offenses.

As ABC Director Eric Hirata pointed out, the APP program has led to "real difference in the communities where the grant program's resources have been invested." Furthermore, he asserts that this partnership can "improve the quality of life in neighborhoods," implying the significance of these grants in ensuring a safe environment for local residents.

Since its inception in 1995, the APP program has been forging partnerships between ABC and local law enforcement agencies with the ultimate objective of keeping alcohol out of reach from minors and preventing harm to the community. By providing resources and training to supplement local agencies' efforts, the program demonstrates a united and concerted effort to create a safer environment for all.