Tempe Police Department has been awarded an $80,000 grant by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, led by Director Alberto Gutier.
Tempe Police Department has built a reputation for its aggressive DUI enforcement program. 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.
The police department will use the funds to enhance DUI enforcement downtown and on streets citywide, including to impact Large Party Liquor Enforcement across the city, enhance 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.”