Dec. 5, 2016

Contact: Brenda Trobaugh

Cal Poly University Police Honored for Alcohol Enforcement and Prevention

Department is one of two in California to receive the ABC Outstanding Performance Award

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly University Police has received the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Outstanding Performance Award for the department’s outstanding work addressing alcohol-related crime on and around campus through the ABC Grant Assistance Program (GAP).

GAP funding is used to reduce the sales of alcoholic beverages to minors and obviously intoxicated buyers as well as illegal solicitations of alcohol and other criminal activities such as the sale and possession of illegal drugs.

The Cal Poly department is one of only two agencies in California to receive the Outstanding Performance Award.

“This award is a testament to our officers and staff, who work hard to help our campus community members keep health and safety top of mind,” said Cal Poly Police Chief George Hughes. “Underage drinking and overconsumption of alcohol are important issues for our campus, and we are grateful for the ABC’s support and recognition in addressing them.”

University Police used GAP resources in the 2015-16 academic year to address alcohol-related crime through a three-pronged approach of education, intervention and enforcement.

Officers provided 24 educational presentations on the dangers of alcohol abuse to first-year students living on campus as well as alcohol-related responsibility training for the university’s Greek Life organizations.

The department also partnered with University Housing, the Dean of Students’ Office and the University Health Center to work with individual students with histories of underage consumption, binge drinking or alcohol-related problems, to counsel them on correcting their behavior and maintaining their health and wellbeing.

University Police also focused on nearby businesses with histories of not properly checking IDs or selling alcohol to minors. Nine ABC enforcement operations during the 2015-16 academic year resulted in 143 citations and 22 alcohol-related arrests.

UPD’s efforts are visible to the campus and surrounding community. In a recent survey of the adjacent San Luis Obispo neighborhood, 70 percent of respondents reported seeing a reduction in alcohol-related incidents since the grant funding was implemented.

“The ABC Grant Assistance Program improves the quality of life in neighborhoods. We’ve seen a real difference in the communities where the grant program resources have been invested,” said acting ABC Director Ramona Prieto. “Cal Poly Police did outstanding work increasing protection for youth, addressing concerns brought to them from the community, and sending a message to problem locations that they need to do a better job of complying with alcoholic beverage laws.”

The GAP Program was created in 1995 to strengthen partnerships between ABC and local law enforcement agencies. The program has distributed more than $46 million to address alcohol-related crime. ABC is a Department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.

Photo information: UPD-Award.jpg — Kathleen Barnes, deputy division chief of the Alcohol Beverage Control's Southern Division, right, presents an award to Cal Poly University Police Deputy Chief Brenda Trobaugh, center, and Chief George Hughes on campus Dec. 5.

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