Police Operations to Ensure Compliance of Alcohol Licensed Business

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      CONTACT: Lt. Kevin Toth

DATE: March 19, 2020                                                                PHONE: 760-839-4444


Escondido Police Conduct Operations to Ensure Compliance of Alcohol Licensed Businesses


ESCONDIDO –  In 2019, the Escondido Police Department and Agents from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) conducted five special operations to check licensed premises that sell alcohol.


Authorities visited 41 licensed establishments during an IMPACT inspection. IMPACT stands for Informed Merchants Preventing Alcohol-Related Crime Tendencies. It is a cooperative program between ABC, local law enforcement agencies, and licensees.


The IMPACT program teamed ABC plainclothes agents with plainclothes police detectives who visited licensed establishments in a given area. The primary objective of the operations is to educate licensees about the various ways they can participate in reducing alcohol-related crimes such as sales to underage and obviously intoxicated persons.


This project combines municipal and state law enforcement personnel in a highly visible profile to educate licensees. IMPACT teams remind licensees of the responsibilities and accountability associated with the sale of alcoholic beverages. This is accomplished by identifying areas of non-compliance and providing crime prevention information.


The focus is to educate rather than to enforce. Even though the teams are prevention oriented, members may take action against any major violations observed during the inspection/visits.


Merchants have accepted the program and its philosophy because they are being offered an opportunity to identify weaknesses in their alcoholic beverage sales system and to correct deficiencies without penalties.


Local communities endorse the program as it improves the relationship between law enforcement and merchants.  Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) through the department’s Grant Assistance Program.  ABC is a Department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. For more information on IMPACT inspections, visit: https://www.abc.ca.gov/prevention/business-inspections/.