SANTA MARIA, Calif- Over 50-thousand dollars is going to the Santa Maria Police Department to battle alcohol related crimes. The department is planning a series of operations; hitting bars, liquor stores, and doing stings.
What seems harmless can be deadly. "Alcohol seems to be the root of the problem in a lot of calls that we go to," said Sgt. Chris Nartatez of the Santa Maria Police Department. A problem that tends to grow with increased consumption of alcohol. For some people, police say it can alter personalities and abilities. "They tend to act a little differently, sometimes very aggressively. They might want to go out and cause fights, that's where we get some of our stabbing's and shootings," said Sgt. Nartatez.
Police say alcohol is also often the culprit in domestic violence cases. "Some of the reports that we view on domestic violence, there's many times where either one or both parties have been drinking," said Sgt. Nartatez. In order to help curb the problem, law enforcement plans on targeting bars that sell to people over the limit as well as liquor stores.
"Liquor stores are places that we want to go to because of the crimes that happen in and around liquor stores, intoxicated people, there's robberies, street robberies," said Sgt. Nartatez. Things that can affect a community like driving under the influence, which too often takes people's lives. "If we can some how curb those things like selling to obviously intoxicated adults in a bar, if those things are happening and they know we are out there enforcing these things, than maybe the bar tender will think twice," said Sgt. Nartatez.
Santa Maria Police also plan sting operations with minors. Having them try to buy alcohol as well as shoulder tapping adults. The grant was awarded to the Santa Maria Police Department by the California Alcoholic Beverage Control. Police say they hope to make it last for a year.
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