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Free ABC training set for March 19
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Manteca Police and inspectors from the Alcoholic Beverage Control inspected more than 10 retail establishments last week within the community.

Manteca Police Sgt. Jodie Estarziau noted that one person was arrested for public intoxication.

The (IMPACT) program, known as the Informed Merchants Preventing Alcohol Related Crime Tendencies, is a prevention and education program developed by the ABC some 30 years ago that uses a community oriented policing approach of involving local merchants in deterring crime.

The program’s primary goal is to reduce alcohol-related crime in and around licensed stores, restaurants and shops. The operation teams up with an ABC investigator with a local law enforcement team. The officers visit licensed establishments and remind owners and staffers of the responsibilities and accountabilities associated with the sale of alcohol. The focus of the inspections is to educate the licensees to gain compliance in alcohol sales.

Officers were seeking out issues with loitering, litter, graffiti, posted signs slot machines, lack of food service in restaurants, contaminated alcohol, illegal weapons and other violations. Funding for the ABC inspections is provided by the Manteca Police Department through a grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Of note is a one day seminar that is being held on Thursday, March 19, from 1 to 6 p.m. with a Licensee’s Education on Alcohol and Drugs training in the Manteca City Council Chambers at 1001 West Center Street. ABC licensees are invited to attend the free training. Interested parties may register at www.abc.ca.gov under the “On-Line LEAD registration link. On the day of the training bring a copy of your ABC license and plan to arrive a few minutes early to sign in as the program will begin promptly at 1 p.m.