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Law Enforcement Partnership to Reduce Underage Drinking

Posted 12/12/2013 11:39 AM by MDGREGORY
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West Central Community Coalition
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Law Enforcement Partnership to Reduce Underage Drinking

Spokane Washington - December 12th, 2103 – Data shows that in a large portion of the Spokane Community arrest of youth is nearly twice that of the state average with alcohol being a contributing factor.

The West Central Community Coalition in partnership with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department, in collaboration with Spokane Police Department and Spokane School District 81 have received a grant to reduce and bring awareness of underage drinking in the community.

Data contained in the – What’s Happening in West Central a Community Needs Assessment Book, shows that arrest of youth (10- 17) is nearly twice that of the state average with alcohol being a contributing factor.

The West Central Community Coalition is partnering with local law enforcement, Spokane County Community Services, and Whitworth University to reduce underage drinking thru the use of alcohol purchase surveys and compliance checks of local liquor retailer’s.

Additionally the coalition will be partnering with School District 81 to conduct student surveys in order to assess youth perception of alcohol consumption.

The geographic area for these efforts will be from the Spokane River north to Wellesley and from Division west to the Spokane River (see attached map).

In an effort to bring awareness of the impacts and costs associated with underage drinking the Coalition will be giving a presentation to the Spokane City Council at its December 16th, 2013 meeting at 6 pm.

The West Central Community Coalition is comprised of local non-profits, social service agencies, and government entities and has been in existence since 1994.

Contact:
Kelly Cruz
Kpc2112@yahoo.com
Ph: (509) 279-9956

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