By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — Police will use grant funding to aid in keeping alcohol out of underage hands.
The Town Council authorized Derry police to accept a $15,000 Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws grant from the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.
The money will be used to support the department’s continuing work to keep local businesses from selling alcohol to minors, while helping with outreach and education at the same time.
Police Chief Edward Garone said Derry has a good track record when it comes to following the rules, but work still needs to be done.
“We are very pleased with the very high degree of compliance with laws in Derry,” Garone said. “That’s what we’re looking for.”
The grant money would be used to support programs where police work with underage decoys, at least 18 years of age, to enter local businesses with liquor licenses to attempt to purchase alcohol.
Merchants can also receive training and other information on how to spot a potential underage consumer.
Garone said the money would be well spent.
“It’s a win-win situation,” he said.
Earlier this year, police implemented the “Got Your ID?” program, paid through a grant from the New Hampshire Department of Justice.
This program also conducted checks of local establishments to ensure only legal sales of alcohol.