Date: January 31, 2014
LYNN POLICE DEPARTMENT AWARDED GRANT TO COMBAT UNDERAGE DRINKING
The Lynn Police Department has received a $10,000.00 dollar grant to combat underage
drinking. It is one of 76 grants to local police departments awarded on a competitive
basis that varied between $3,500.00 and $15,000.00 dollars.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Department of
Justice (DOJ) Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention provided $532,000.00 to
Massachusetts for distribution through the Executive Office of Public Safety and
Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS-HSD).
This much needed funding will help the Lynn Police Department to target the problem
of underage drinking on all fronts including targeting establishments selling alcohol to
minors and underage drinking parties in Lynn Woods. Funds support stings/compliance
checks for minors in bars, restaurants and retail locations; reverse stings; "shoulder
tap" and "Cops in Shops" programs; and party patrols.
Through a combination of these techniques, departments analyze and crack down on
minors who seek to circumvent the law and people and businesses that enable them.
Over the past two years, activities under this grant have resulted in 153 youth
citations and 219 arrests. Citations were also issued to 162 adults and 272 arrests
were made across the Commonwealth.
The LPD wants teens and parents to understand that underage drinking is not a game
and can become a serious and deadly tragedy in seconds. Parents need to be reminded
that hosting a party where alcohol is served to minors is illegal and extremely dangerous
for the minors and others in the community. Parents who host these parties open
themselves up for not only criminal charges but also all the legal liabilities that may
follow from civil litigation.
The grant period runs though September 30, 2014.
Lt. Rick Donnelly