The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office has received $125,000 as part of the Grant
Assistance program from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to assist in
fighting drinking related crimes.
This grant from ABC will allow the Sheriff’s Office to target those premises within
its jurisdiction that contribute problems to the community.
Already in place, the Sheriff’s Office Minor Decoy program has been very successful.
The program takes 18-20 year old Sheriff’s Office Youth Cadets and sends them out to
various establishments in Santa Clara County in an attempt to purchase alcohol. The
local compliance rate is well over 80%. The conviction rate, for those cited, has
Nationwide, compliance is at 80% for the Minor Decoy program. Prior to the Minor
Decoy program being enacted in 1987, compliance was below 50% nationwide.
This grant will allow the Sheriff’s Office to expand its goal of curtailing underage
drinking and the resulting car accidents in Santa Clara County.