City of Temecula awarded grant to continue efforts in preventing underage drinking

TEMECULA – The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has awarded the city of Temecula a $7,500 mini grant to be used by officers from the Temecula Police Department in preventing underage drinking.

The Temecula Police Department will spend the funds to conduct Minor Decoy Opens in New Window and Shoulder Tap Opens in New Window programs.

The Minor Decoy program has been recognized as an excellent method to attack the problems associated with the unlawful purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages by underage individuals. The Shoulder Tap program targets adults who furnish alcoholic beverages to underage individuals.

The goal of the programs is to: (1) Reduce underage consumption of, and access to, alcohol; (2) Deter adults from furnishing alcoholic beverages to underage individuals; and (3) Raise public awareness about underage drinking.

The grant will fund both programs through the end of June 2014. This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap Grant Project, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Anyone with questions about the program can contact Sergeant Chris Gaskins of the Temecula Police Department at (951) 696-3128.

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