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UDPD Awarded Grant to Aid in Prevention of Underage Drinking

The Upper Dublin Township Police Department have been awarded a grant for over $9,000 to aid in the prevention of underage and dangerous drinking.

From Upper Dublin Township Police Department:

The Upper Dublin Township Police Department has been awarded a $9,935.16 grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. The Underage and Dangerous Drinking Grant seeks to support initiatives aimed at preventing underage and dangerous drinking.

The grant will provide the funds necessary to dedicate patrol officers to enforcement details targeted at detering underage and dangerous drinking. It will be the duty of those officers assigned to the details to patrol areas frequented by underage and dangerous drinkers. These officers will work during times on days that statistics show there have been large numbers of young people engaged in underage and dangerous drinking practices. Officers will conduct enforcement details in popular underage and dangerous drinking areas by utilizing police patrol vehicles, foot patrols, and police bicycles. The assigned detail officers will patrol those areas of Upper Dublin Township not accessible by police vehicles; these areas include Upper Dublin Township parks and recreation properties, School District of Upper Dublin properties, golf courses and country clubs, and large wooded natural areas. In addition, the assigned detail officers will work closely with campus and school safety and security personnel as well as community leaders, local residents and merhcants for the sole purpose of enforcing Federal, State and Local Laws. Through increased enforcement and current educational programs the Department expects to meet its goal of reducing deaths, injuries, health risks and property losses caused by underage and dangerous drinking.

As a result of this grant, the Upper Dublin Township Police Department will be provided with funds to purchase two Portable Breath Test Instruments (PBT). The PBT will assist officers in determing the  blood alcohol content of underage and dangerous drinkers.

The Upper Dublin Township Police Department has been a previous recepient of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Underage and Dangerous Grant and has been successful with preventing underage and dangerous drinking.   

Dorothy Parker August 13, 2012 at 06:07 PM
By what measure has the previous grant been successful in preventing underage drinking? I suspect it has not prevented underage drinking at all; if anything, it has driven it into private homes.
jason August 13, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Is it still prevention if we're already drunk? The fines and marked records will not help the kids in the long run. We're safer with marijuana.
Rick August 14, 2012 at 04:21 PM
How about using the money towards something useful, like teaching them how to be actual police officers. This week our community pool was over run with thugs and a township employee had a gun pulled on him, all the while our townships' finest took 45 minutes to respond and upon arrival did nothing to help the situation.
virgo August 14, 2012 at 11:03 PM
The UD police have nothing better to do than harass teenagers, to the extent that teens can't walk on a street at night without getting stopped by police. As in past generations, the harder it is for teens to do something, the more they want to do it. Get caught after taking a sip of beer and you get an underage. Good lesson for teenagers, don't trust the police and don't make any mistakes.
Greenbyrd August 15, 2012 at 11:14 AM
How about using the grant money for a place the under 21 crowd can hang out? There is no where for this age group to gather...except malls and movies...or homes where parents turn a blind eye to drinking. Under 21 "clubs" are popular in other states...a good option for kids to have some freedom, as well as being a safe place to hang out. There is a lot of empty space in the Fort Washington Office Park! Maybe Upper Dublin and surrounding townships could funnel their grants into an actualu solution for under age drinking!

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