Tempe Police Department
April 8, 2013
Tempe PD: Keeping our Community Safe in Partnership with Neighboring Law Enforcement
& the AZ Governor’s Office of Highway Safety!
Tempe Police Department’s hard work and successful operations have resulted in DUI grant funding, with an emphasis on youth alcohol enforcement. TPD pursued and was awarded an $80,000 grant by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, led by Director Alberto Gutier.
Tempe PD has built a reputation for its aggressive DUI enforcement program, which certainly contributed to the award. Youth alcohol education and enforcement is a top priority every year. Based on demonstrated commitment and results, the grant was awarded to enhance Tempe’s fight to reduce DUI related crime.
How will we utilize these additional grant funds? To enhance DUI enforcement downtown and on streets citywide, including to impact Large Party Liquor Enforcement across the City, enhance our existing Covert Underage Buyer (CUB) Program in partnership with the Arizona Department of Liquor License, Control and Investigations, and limit the purchase of alcohol with fraudulent ID in liquor establishments.
Chief of Police Tom Ryff stated, “We see the often tragic results of underage alcohol and drug use on a daily basis. The Tempe Patrol and Traffic Bureau are to be commended for their outstanding and professional work, in a high-risk environment, to keep our community safe. It is their efforts on the streets and in pursuing the grant that secured this funding. We engage in DUI and Large Party Patrol Operations across Tempe throughout the year, but without the leadership of Alberto Gutier and the partnership with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, many of these additional enforcement operations simply would not be possible.”
Tempe’s welcoming amenities pose unique challenges for law enforcement. Home to ASU, one of the largest universities in the nation with over 70,000 students, 1,200 miles of roadways, and a robust public transit system, to include light rail, Tempe welcomes millions of visitors of all ages each year to have fun and enjoy themselves responsibly. Police Officers work with business establishments in the downtown and citywide to train employees and prevent underage individuals from using false identification.
In partnership with the City of Tempe’s Interdepartmental Work Team, businesses, schools, and other committed organizations, including the Tempe Coalition to Reduce Drinking and Drug Use, www.tempecoalition.org, Tempe continues to be a leader in working to combat drug and alcohol related injuries and crime, and to make a positive impact on reducing youth alcohol use and addiction.