SPOKANE, Wash.—Law enforcement received a continuation on a grant in March that officials planned to use to combat underage drinking.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said the number of underage arrests in the Spokane community was nearly twice the state average. Data showed that alcohol was a contributing factor.
West Central community members partnered with law enforcement agencies and school officials to raise underage drinking awareness using grant funding. The group hoped to reduce underage drinking using alcohol purchase surveys and compliance checks among liquor retailers.
The group used the original grant funding to conduct 10 Alcohol Purchase Surveys in the West Central neighborhood and found 80% of businesses properly checked identification for alcohol purchases. Through 16 compliance checks, the Spokane County Sheriff’s department discovered 75% of vendors properly checked identification.
The group planned to use the grant continuation to continue its efforts, focusing on the area from the north end of the Spokane River to Wellesley Ave. and from the west end of Division St. to the Spokane River.