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Riverside County Sheriff’s Office receives $40K grant to battle alcohol-related harm

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a $40,000 grant to battle alcohol-related harm, Captain James Rayls of Riverside County Sheriff’s Lake Elsinore Station announced on Wednesday.

“This is important to the cities of Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore, and Wildomar in order to increase protection for youth and to hold accountable problem locations that contribute to an increase in crime,” Rayls said.

The goal of the grant is to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors and reduce alcohol-related crime through multiple enforcement, educational, and prevention programs conducted by local law enforcement officers. Programs funded through the grant include Minor Decoy, IMPACTS, Holiday Enforcement, and Shoulder Tap Decoy operations.

The grant was awarded from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and will be administered by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol-related harm.

The grants strengthen local law enforcement efforts by combining the resources of local police officers and ABC agents.

“These grants help improve the quality of life in neighborhoods by addressing alcohol-related concerns,” ABC Director Joseph McCullough said.

ABC encourages licensees to sign up for ABC’s Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) training free of charge. Licensees and their employees can take the training online. or sign up for training in person in a classroom setting.

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