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SLO Police Department lands ABC grant

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The San Luis Obispo Police Department is once again getting help from the state to combat underage drinking.

The department received $35,429 from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to fund special operations and education programs aimed at reinforcing alcohol laws for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

This year’s grant fell shy of the $50,000 the department applied for. The department received $40,614 for the 2006-2007 fiscal year.

ABC grants enable local police departments with high rates of alcohol-related incidents to conduct special-enforcement operations without billing the city for officer time and equipment.

According to a SLOPD press release, enforcement efforts will include such tactics as “minor decoy” operations, during which underage decoys attempt to buy alcohol from retailers. According to the department, decoys won’t lie about their age and will provide a valid form of identification if requested.

The grant also funds “shoulder tap” operations, which, as they sound, involve an underage decoy attempting to solicit alcohol from people who are old enough to buy it legally.

The department will also conduct “trap door” operations, sending officers to assist bartenders and bouncers in identifying underage individuals attempting to gain access with fake IDs.

Citations for violations could fetch up to $1,000 and 24 hours of community service.

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