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The Juneau Police Department announced an agreement with the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for a cooperative enforcement effort to decrease the level of underage drinking and illegal distribution of alcohol to minors in Juneau.
Objectives of the cooperative effort will be:
To decrease alcohol possession and consumption for youths between 14 and 20 years old.
To enhance patrols in areas known to be frequented by minors consuming or possessing alcohol.
To use the community's cooperation in combating minors' illegal purchases or solicitations for purchases of alcohol.
To train a pool of officers who will be dedicated to enforcement of the state liquor laws.
This is the second year JPD has received a grant to undertake this kind of action, said Capt. Tom Porter. Last year the grant was $10,000; this year it is $15,000.
"It wasn't spawned by anything in particular, but it came on the heels of the Brandon Pilot tragedy. More often than not, when something like this happens, you can probably figure alcohol is present," Porter said.
"We want to make people aware that we will be out there (looking for underage drinking), and should we find it, we will take enforcement action," Porter said.