Master Trooper Joe Veeneman
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 8, Morehead
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KSP Awards Funds to Prevent Underage Drinking
Date of News Release: 11/18/2011
L to R: KSP Trooper Endre Samu, KSP Lt. Sean Welch, KSP Capt. Bobby D. Murray, MSU Chief Matt Sparks, MSU Off. Warren Meadows and MSU Capt. Eddie Frazier
(Morehead, Ky.) -- Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer announced today the agency awarded $300,000 in federal grant funds to enforce underage drinking laws that prohibit the sale, purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors.
Morehead State University Police Department (MSU), located in Rowan County, was one of the grant recipients and will use the funds to provide overtime funds for campus police officers.
Morehead State University will receive $5,000 from the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) grant. Funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and KSP serves as the designated state administrator for grant program.
"The KSP Morehead Post is proud to partner with MSU Police Dept. to curb underage drinking at the collegiate level," says Murray. "Alcohol is a serious and ongoing threat to the safety of our college students and surrounding community," adds Murray.
Murray advised that the two main contributing factors to underage drinking is a minor's ability to illegally purchase alcohol and obtaining someone, over the age of 21, to purchase it for them.
"EUDL grant activities specifically target these factors and are designed to reduce underage drinking by making it harder to gain access to alcohol," remarked Murray.
The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) reports that underage drinking costs Kentucky 752 billion dollars each year through medical care and loss of work.
KSP is proud to announce the 2011 EUDL grant recipients and projects:
2011 EUDL Grant Recipients and Funded Projects
- Kentucky Department of Alcohol Beverage Control – Statewide Enforcement
- Madison County Fiscal Court 'Youth In Action'project
- Bluegrass Regional Prevention Center, 'Keep It Real'teen video project
- River Valley Behavioral Health, 'Citizens Helping All people Succeed'
- Knox County Attorney's Office, 'Think Think, Don't Drink'Project
- The Impact, LLC, 'The Carrollton Bus Crash Documentary'Project
- Boyle County Board of Education, 'Too Cool To Drink'Project
For more information about the KSP EUDL Program, please contact the Public Affairs Branch in Frankfort at (502) 782-1800.