Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna announced today that the Long Beach Police Department has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol-related crime.
The grant is one of 51 awarded in California to local law enforcement agencies through ABC’s Alcohol Policing Partnership Program.
The Alcohol Policing Partnership Program (APP) 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 tread on the trust of our youth and community by violating the law.
The grant strengthens local law enforcement endeavors 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.
“This program enhances our efforts in protecting our youth and helps shut down problem locations that have contributed to an increase in crime in our community,” stated Police Chief Robert Luna.
The funds will be used to reduce the number of alcoholic beverage sales to minors, obviously intoxicated patrons, illegal solicitations of alcohol, and other criminal activities such as the sale and possession of illegal drugs.
“The program improves the quality of life in neighborhoods,” said ABC Director Jacob Appelsmith. “We’ve seen a real difference in the communities where the grant program resources have been invested.”
The APP Program has distributed over $20 million to local law enforcement to combat alcohol-related crime.
ABC is a Department of the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency.
Anyone wishing to file a complaint against an establishment should contact the LBPD’s Vice Detail at (562) 570-7219.