Livingston Police Chief Ruben Chavez this week announced that the Livingston Police Department has been awarded a $47,000 grant from the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to battle alcohol-related crimes.
The regional grant, written by Livingston police, includes Atwater and Gustine. The grant is one of 58 awarded to law enforcement agencies in California through ABC's Grant Assistance Program, according to a news release.
The funds will be used to reduce the number of alcoholic beverage sales to minors and obviously intoxicated persons, illegal solicitations of alcohol and other criminal activities, such as the sale and possession of illegal drugs.
"This is important in order to increase protection for youth and to shut down problem locations that have contributed to an increase in crime," Chavez said in the release.
The grants help strengthen the efforts of law enforcement by teaming ABC officers with police.
"The program improves the quality of life in the neighborhoods," ABC Director Jacob Appelsmith said in the release. "We've seen a real difference in the communities where the grant program resources have been invested."