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Monday, March 28, 2011

The Amherst Police Department Receives $10,000 Underage Alcohol Enforcement Award

Chief Scott P. Livingstone is pleased to announce that the Amherst Police Department was awarded $10,000 in grant funding as part of the 2011 Underage Alcohol Enforcement Grant Program from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). This program provides overtime funds for enforcement of underage alcohol laws through activities such as compliance checks, reverse stings, party patrols, surveillance patrols, and Cops in Shops.

The Amherst Police Department intends to use this funding to assign extra patrols through the spring to enforce the open container of alcohol bylaw and underage drinking laws. The University of Massachusetts Police Department at Amherst has also received funding under this grant program. The Amherst Police Department and University of Massachusetts Police Department will be conducting joint patrols both on campus and in town in those areas that have historically experienced a high concentration of student activity.

During Fiscal Year 2010, Amherst Police Officers charged 282 persons with being minors in possession of alcohol, and 16 persons were charged with providing alcohol to a person under 21. The Amherst Police Department has found that strict enforcement of liquor law violations has greatly increased the quality of living for those who reside in the center business district and those in the vicinity of the University of Massachusetts.

For more information on these increased enforcement efforts, please contact Lieutenant Robert J. O’Connor at (413) 259-3208 or via email.

For additional information on impaired driving or this grant program, go to the Highway Safety Division web page.

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