Sacto 9-1-1
March 27, 2012
Galt police receive grant to tackle underage drinking

The Galt Police Department has received a $2,500 grant from state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to help prevent underage drinking.

The funds will be used to conduct minor decoy and "shoulder tap" operations, according to a Police Department news release.

The minor decoy program targets problems associated with the unlawful purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages by youths younger than 21. The shoulder tap program is aimed at adults who furnish alcoholic beverages to minors.

Officials say data collected from shoulder tap programs indicate that one-third of adults arrested for purchasing alcohol for minors were on parole, probation, had outstanding warrants, or extensive criminal histories.

The programs' goals are to reduce underage drinking and access to alcohol, deter adults from furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors and to raise public awareness about the problem.

The grant will fund both programs from February through June of this year. The monies are provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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