News Story


VCSO Participates in Grant Assistance Program Through Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control
7/23/2014 9:15:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Grant Assistance Program (GAP) through the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)



All Ventura County Sheriff's Office Jurisdictions: Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Camarillo, Fillmore, Ojai, and Unincorporated Areas


Date & Time:

Fiscal Year 2014-2015

Unit Responsible:

Directed Enforcement Bureau / Thousand Oaks Bike Team



The Ventura County Sheriff's Office applied for and was recently awarded a GAP Grant through ABC. The Grant award in the amount of $85,000 includes funding for prevention, education and enforcement strategy programs regarding ABC laws.


The IMPACT and LEAD programs will be used as a prevention and education strategy. IMPACT's main objective is to teach licensees how they can help reduce alcohol-related crime. It is designed as a crime preventive approach in a relaxed atmosphere of cooperation between merchants and law enforcement officers.  The LEAD Program is a free, voluntary prevention and education program for retail licensees, their employees, and applicants. Its mission is to provide high quality, effective, and educationally sound training on alcohol responsibility and the law.


The enforcement strategy programs include 'Shoulder Tap' and 'Minor Decoy' operations. These operations use underage decoys, under the direct supervision of law enforcement officers, to solicit adults outside ABC licensed stores to buy the minor alcohol, or in an attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages from ABC licensed establishments.


The goal of the Grant is to: Ensure ABC licensees in the VCSO's jurisdiction are adhering to all applicable laws; Ensure licensed establishments sell alcoholic beverages in a responsible manner; Apprehend licensee violators and those willing to purchase alcoholic beverages for minor adults and juveniles; Reduce the ability for youth access to alcohol; Create public awareness through media releases regarding these enforcement activities in order to deter any future violations.



Prepared by:

Sergeant Glenn Axelrod


Media Release Date:



Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Glenn Axelrod




Approved by:

Captain Jim Fryhoff