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BPD, Ridgecrest Police to receive grants to reduce alcohol-related harm

Posted at 6:29 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 21:29:45-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced it is granting $3 million to the program and state law enforcement agencies to reduce alcohol-related harm in California, including Kern County.

ABC revealed both the Bakersfield Police Department and Ridgecrest Police Department are on the list of agencies receiving a grant.

ABC will administer grants to local police and sheriff’s departments through the Alcohol Policing Partnership Program (APP). The APP Program was created in 1995 to strengthen partnerships between ABC and local law enforcement agencies in order to address problematic businesses, keep alcohol away from minors, and implement education, prevention, and enforcement strategies.

The funds will be used to reduce the number of alcohol sales to minors, obviously intoxicated patrons, and other alcohol-related harm that negatively impacts communities.

ABC Director Jacob Appelsmith said, "Too many young people are killed in alcohol-related incidents every year. If we can limit youth access to alcohol, and prevent service to obviously intoxicated patrons, then we can save lives and strengthen communities."

The following agencies will also be receiving a grant from the ABC:

Alhambra PD
Anaheim PD
Berkeley PD
Cal Poly Univ PD
Cloverdale PD/Healdsburg PD
Clovis PD
Contra Costa CO SO
Corona PD
Crescent City PD
Desert Hot Springs PD
El Cajon PD
Folsom PD
Fortuna PD
Fresno CO SO
Huntington Beach PD
Inglewood PD
Kings CO SO
La Mesa PD
Lakeport PD/Clearlake PD
Lodi PD
Los Angeles CO SO
Los Angeles PD
Manteca PD
Menlo Park PD
Merced PD
Oakland PD
Oceanside PD
Ontario PD
Orange CO SO
Oroville PD
Parlier PD
Redding PD
Riverside PD
Rohnert Park PS/Cotati PD/Sonoma State University PD
Sacramento PD
San Bernadino PD
San Diego CO SO
San Diego PD
San Francisco PD
San Luis Obispo CO SO
San Luis Obispo PD
Santa Rosa PD
Seal Beach PD
Selma PD
South Gate PD
South Lake Tahoe PD
Sutter Creek PD/Jackson PD/Ione PD
Visalia PD