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Alcoholic Beverage Control Grant Program
More than 120 businesses have Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) licenses in the City of Rancho Cordova. The Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD)'s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit works with other city and county departments and partners to ensure these businesses follow ABC laws when selling alcoholic beverages.
The ABC Grant Program allows the POP Unit to conduct operations that reduce the sales and availability of alcoholic beverages to minors, as well as to hold training for businesses on ABC laws. This effort is funded by a grant from the State of California Department of ABC.
“The ABC Grant Program will continue to make our City and the overall region a safer place for everyone,” said Sergeant Claudio Sotelo. “This is the third year RCPD has received such a grant, and our officers have been able to make a real difference in addressing issues related to sales of alcohol to minors.”
Since July 1, 2017, the POP Unit conducted the following:
- Four Shoulder Tap and Minor Decoy Operations: RCPD uses minor decoys to enter ABC-licensed business and attempt to purchase alcohol, and to ask customers to purchase alcohol for them. Seventeen citations were issued for alcohol-related charges. These operations help reduce underage drinking, reduce youth access to alcohol, and act as a deterrent.
- Seven General Enforcement Operations: RCPD proactively patrols ABC-licensed businesses. Fifteen people were cited for various crimes, from having an open container in public to trespassing, and seven people were arrested for various crimes, from felony warrants to possession of methamphetamine.
- One LEAD (Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs) Training: These trainings provide ABC-licensed businesses and their employees with the education and tools to properly sell alcohol.
Want a behind-the-scenes look at an ABC operation? Check out this video from KFBK’s Ryan Harris.