Libby Police awarded a $13,170 grant to combat underage drinking
by Libby Police Department
March 25, 2008
The Libby Police Department has been awarded a grant from the Montana Board of Crime Control to combat the problem of underage drinking in our community.
Montana is ranked as the number one state in the nation for youth binge drinking, and Lincoln County is one of the top five counties in the state.
The Libby Police Departmentís underage drinking enforcement grant project is called Project ENFORCE. The acronym stands for Edit Norms, Frustrate Opportunity, Reduce by Consistent Enforcement.
Project ENFORCE will support and enhance statewide efforts to address the issues of underage drinking in Montana by targeting the problem in Libby.
Our goals are to involve youth in law enforcement activities and community coalitions to reduce alcohol sales to minors; to educate the public, the youth, and the alcohol establishments of our community about underage drinking; and to implement innovative programs to combat underage drinking in our community.
Project ENFORCE will reach each of these goals by conducting compliance checks of local establishments; utilizing personnel in overtime saturation patrols, party patrols, and undercover operations; and collaborating with other law enforcement agencies and community organizations and programs such as the Montana Community Challenge Program.
The grant also provides funding for some needed equipment and to allow for travel and training of key personnel. One of these trainings is the 10th annual Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Centerís National Leadership Conference. For the past 10 years, this event has been the premiere research-based conference on underage drinking prevention and enforcement.
Project ENFORCE is scheduled to begin this summer.