Long Beach
Police Department

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Long Beach, CA 90802
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Police Department receives $75,000 from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
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Update 4/19/23

Agents of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) along with the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) have cited three (3) clerks for selling alcohol to minors between the period of October 2022 to April 2023. The actions were the result of three (3) separate minor decoy operations in which minors, under the direct supervision of Police Department detectives and ABC agents, attempted to purchase alcohol from twenty-three (23) retail licensees in the City of Long Beach.  

Those who sold to the minor face a fine and/or community service for a first violation.  In addition, ABC will take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license of the business where alcohol was sold to a minor, which may include a fine, a suspension of the license, or the permanent revocation of the license.

ABC is conducting these compliance checks statewide to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors.  Statistics have shown that young people under the age of 21 have a higher rate of drunken driving fatalities than the general adult population.  

Minor Decoy operations have been conducted by local law enforcement throughout the state since the 1980s.  When the program first began, the violation rate of retail establishments selling to minors was as high as 40-50%.  When conducted on a routine basis, the rate has dropped in some cities as low as 10% or even lower.  

In 1994, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that use of underage decoys is a valid tool of law enforcement to ensure that licensees are complying with the law.  

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the ABC through their Grant Assistance Program.

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

Originally Published 9/27/22

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to address alcohol-related harm in the community.

“This is important to the City of Long Beach in order to increase protection for youth and to shut down problem locations that have contributed to an increase in crime,” said LBPD Chief Wally Hebeish.

The grant is one of several awarded in California to local law enforcement agencies through ABC’s Alcohol Policing Partnership (APP).

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

“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 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 and cause harm to the community.

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 APP program has distributed millions of dollars to local law enforcement to combat alcohol-related harm.

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