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LA MESA -- In July of 2014, the La Mesa Police Department was awarded a $21,668 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol-related crime. This was important to the city of La Mesa in order to increase protection for youth and to keep our community safe. The grant was one of 47 awarded in California to local law enforcement agencies through ABC’s Grant Assistance Program (GAP). The grants strengthen local law enforcement efforts 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.
Since the ABC Grant was awarded in July 2014 to present, the La Mesa Police Department and ABC Agents have completed eight Shoulder Tap Operations targeting underage drinking and those who provide alcohol to minors. To date all funds for the ABC Grant have been expended. The final results of the ABC Grant funded operations are listed below.
During 8 Shoulder Tap Operations, 53 visits were made to La Mesa businesses. Minor decoys were used to solicit individuals approaching the business to buy them alcohol. 127 contacts were made during these operations. Of the 127 contacts, 32 arrests were made. 29 of the arrests were for violation of 25658(a) BP Providing Alcohol to a Minor. 1 arrest was for 11377(a) HS Possession of Methamphetamine and 2 arrests were for outstanding warrants.
The ABC Grant also provided the La Mesa Police Department $1,961 for the purchase of surveillance equipment. This equipment helped with the recording, documentation and prosecution of these undercover operations