The Alhambra Police Department has received a grant from the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control to help reduce alcohol-related problems and the availability of alcohol to minors. The $42,060 grant aims to enhance current levels of education and enforcement related to alcohol sales and consumption in Alhambra.
Last year, 141 people were arrested in Alhambra for driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Alhambra Police Department. In the past 12 months, police have arrested 109 individuals for being drunk in public. With this new grant, the Police Department will provide training and education to establishments that sell alcohol and patrol officers to help decrease these numbers.
The Police Department also received the Alcohol Beverage Control grant last year, and as a result completed nine special operations dealing with minors obtaining alcohol, the sale of alcohol to minors, and direct enforcement. The grant money led to 54 arrests or citations and 54 employees from various businesses throughout Alhambra participating in training courses held at the Alhambra Public Library.
Residents can currently purchase alcohol at 113 bars, restaurants, and retail stores in Alhambra. The Police Department will also be using grant money to conduct inspections and sting operations to enforce state laws and local permits in all Alhambra establishments serving or selling alcohol.
The Police Department requests that inquiries be directed to Sergeant Ponce at (626) 300-1504.