On 6/9/2020 the Lakeport Police Department and Clearlake Police Departments were awarded a $24,975 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to enforce alcohol-related crime and educate their communities on alcohol-related laws. On 7/21/2020 the Lakeport City Council approved a resolution to accept the grant funding and go into partnership with ABC.
During the course of the grant, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, grant funds awarded to the departments were cut in half to $12,478. The grant funds remaining were used to conduct a total of 4 Informed Merchants Preventing Alcohol-Related Crime Tendencies (IMPACT) Operations as well as several other grant-related enforcement operations including Alcohol-Related Crime and DUI Saturation patrols.
In total 34 IMPACT Inspections were completed over the course of the four operations. Of the 34 businesses inspected, 13 businesses were found to be out of compliance and were educated on how to come into compliance with California law. During the other operations conducted with grant funds, a total of eight individuals were arrested or criminally cited for various crimes ranging from DUI, to purchasing alcohol for a minor to Felony Warrants.
During these operations, we also found that theft of alcohol by both adults and minors is a major continuing problem leading to other criminal offenses. In particular, one Lakeport location is a regular target of these thefts. We will be following up on this problem with business locations in an effort eliminate alcohol theft.
On 6/26/2021, during an alcohol-involved crime/DUI Saturation operation, an officer assigned to the operation responded to and was first on the scene of a reported opioid overdose. The officer was able to quickly provide the overdose victim with life-saving Narcan. In that incident, the victim was resuscitated and recovered.
The Lakeport Police Department and our partners at the Clearlake Police Department are committed to fighting alcohol-related criminal activity and working with our communities to prevent alcohol-related crimes from occurring.
This project was part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Alcohol Policing Partnership Program. A primary goal was community outreach and public education to reduce alcohol-related crime in our communities. We would like to thank the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for awarding these grant funds and providing us with assistance in educating our communities and enforcing alcohol-related laws.