Who: Special agents from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Bureau of Law Enforcement and officers from the Charlottesville, Albemarle County and University of Virginia (UVa) police departments
When: Friday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Albemarle County Police Department Headquarters, 1600 5th St., Charlottesville, Va. 22902
What: Virginia ABC recently launched a new training program to empower local law enforcement agencies around the state to better respond to the most pressing alcohol-related problems in their jurisdictions. Administered by the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA) and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the training program provides instruction on the commonwealth’s ABC laws and regulations and strategies for their enforcement. About 50 officers have signed up for the training set for Friday in Charlottesville.
The Portsmouth, Norfolk and Virginia Beach police departments were the first to take advantage of a new Alcohol Law Enforcement Specialist Training (ALEST) program. A staple curriculum used by Virginia ABC to provide training for in-service law enforcement academies throughout the state, ALEST has been retooled to a more concise and flexible format for the purpose of the new grant-funded program.
While the training program includes core instruction about the role of local police in the enforcement of alcohol laws and regulations, it was designed to provide a customized menu of training options based on the needs of each law enforcement agency. Training topics include:
Why: Virginia ABC’s goal is to collaborate with local police and licensees to proactively reduce incidents involving alcohol. Local law enforcement is involved on a regular basis with alcohol issues, and the relationship between licensees and police should ideally be a partnership.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 360 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 17,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now marking its 83rd year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
Virginia ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement will train Charlottesville, Albemarle County and UVa Police Officers as Part of Effort to Build Community Policing