The Chula Vista Police Department received a $77,387 grant to aid in its battle against alcohol related crime.
Chula Vista Police Chief David Bejarano announced Friday that the department was awarded the grant on behalf of the California Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (ABC) Grant Assistance Program (GAP).
California ABC, a department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, gives out 54 grants to local law enforcement agencies every year. In total, the GAP has given over $30 million to law enforcement to fight alcohol-related crime.
The funds are dedicated to reducing illegal alcohol sales to minors and obviously intoxicated persons, and other illegal solicitations of alcohol.
The GAP has been around since 1995 and was created to strengthen partnerships between ABC and local law enforcement agencies. The program’s goal is to put bad operators out of business, keep alcohol out of the hands of minors and bring penalties such as fines and suspensions against businesses that violate laws.