Alcohol-related crime can be selling alcohol to minors

The Palm Springs Police Department (PSPD) was awarded a $55,405 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol-related crime, according to a news release issued Monday. The grant is one of 27 awarded in California to local law enforcement agencies through ABC’s Alcohol Policing Partnership (APP) program.

The grants strengthen local law enforcement efforts by combining the efforts of local police officers and ABC agents. ABC agents have expertise in alcoholic beverage laws and can help communities reduce alcohol-related problems.

The APP program 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 program can improve the quality of life in neighborhoods,” said ABC Director Eric Hirata. “We’ve seen a real difference in the communities where the grant program resources have been invested.”

The APP program has distributed over $40 million to local law enforcement to combat alcohol-related crime.

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

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