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Reading Police Combatting 'Deadly Serious' Problem of Underage Drinking

Reading Police recently received $5,000 grant that will be put to use in a variety of ways.

Police are trying to combat underage drinking in Reading.
Police are trying to combat underage drinking in Reading.
Reading Police are hoping to combat underage drinking in the upcoming months, and will have assistance from a recently received grant to do so.

According to a press release, the Reading Police Department working with the Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse (RCASA) was awarded a $5,000 grant to help curtail underage drinking in town.

The grant, on of 76 awarded on a competitive basis, was given by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention around the state.

"This much needed funding helps us target the problem of underage drinking on all fronts," said Reading Police Chief James Cormier. "Whether you are underage, plan to sell to a minor, or buy alcohol for a minor, this funding promotes our effort to diligently enforce the laws against underage drinking."

According to police, the grant supports compliance checks for minors at bars, restaurants and retail locations. It also will help police with reverse stings, "shoulder tap" and "Cops in Shops" programs along with party patrols.

Statistics show that over the last two years, activities through the grant have resulted in 153 youth citations and 219 arrests, according to police. In addition, police said citations were also issued to 162 adults while 272 arrests were made in the state.

"Teens and parents need to be reminded that underage drinking is not a game. It's deadly serious," said Cormier. "Parents need to know that hosting a party where alcohol is served to minors is illegal and extremely dangerous for the minors and others in the community. Parents should also know they'll face all legal liabilities."

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