The Pacifica Police Department announced yesterday that the <21 COAST Task Force has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol-related crime.
The grant, administered by the Pacifica Police Department, will fund enforcement activities conducted by the Task Force, according to Jim Tasa Pacifica chief of police.
The <21 COAST Task Force is comprised of the Brisbane, Broadmoor, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, Pacifica, San Bruno, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and South San Francisco police departments. ABC is a Department of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.
“The program improves the quality of life in neighborhoods,” said ABC director Jacob Applesmith. “We’ve seen a real difference in the communities where the grant program resources have been invested.”
The GAP Program was created in 1995 to strengthen partnerships between ABC and local law enforcement agencies. The program is designed to put bad operators out of business, keep alcohol away from minors and bring penalties such as fines, suspensions or revocations against businesses that violate the law.
The grant funds will be used to reduce the number of alcoholic beverage sales to minors, obviously intoxicated patrons, illegal solicitations of alcohol, and other criminal activities such as the sale and possession of illegal drugs.
The GAP Program has distributed over $20 million to local law enforcement to combat alcohol-related crime.