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Grant Renewed for Law Enforcement Partnership to Reduce Underage Drinking

Posted 5/15/2014 10:29 AM by MDGREGORY

West Central Community Coalition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Spokane, Washington - May 13th, 2014 – 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, the Spokane Police Department and Spokane School District 81 has received a continuation on 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 and Spokane County Community Services to reduce underage drinking through the use of alcohol purchase surveys and compliance checks of local liquor retailers.

During the first implementation of this grant, the Coalition conducted 10 Alcohol Purchase Surveys in the West Central neighborhood, and 80% of surveyed businesses properly checked identification. Our partners in the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department had 75% of vendors properly check identification during their first round of 16 compliance checks.

The geographic area for these efforts will be from the Spokane River north to Wellesley and from Division west to the Spokane River.

The West Central Community Coalition is comprised of local non-profits, social service agencies, and government entities and has been in existence since 1994. To follow the implementation of this grant via social media, you can find our page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/IChooseSpokane.

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