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CM2018-087 GRANT ACTIVITY REPORTc* c t ‘ Ch>49, /1/11-6 MEMORANDUM DATE: December 21, 2018 TO: MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS FROM: KONRADT BARTLAM, CITY MANAG RE: GRANT ACTIVITY REPORT - CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TOBACCO LAW ENFORCEMENT GRANT PROGRAM CM2018-087 At its November 13, 2018 meeting, the Chino Hills City Council accepted the $95,818 California Department of Justice Tobacco Law Enforcement Grant. The grant program is designed to reduce illegal sales and marketing of cigarettes and other tobacco products to minors by providing support to front-line law enforcement activities that promote tobacco awareness and enforce state and local laws. The grant objectives are accomplished through enforcement, educational, and outreach activities during the two year grant performance period as described below. Enforcement Activities: • Shoulder tap operations use a decoy underage purchaser to ask someone of legal age to purchase tobacco products for them. • Minor decoy operations utilize decoy underage purchasers to test age verification compliance at retail locations. • General compliance operations check for any violations of local ordinances and state laws at retail establishments that sell tobacco. On December 6, 2018, the Chino Hills Police Department conducted a shoulder tap operation resulting in three citations. Ten locations were visited and a total of 30 subjects were approached with a request to buy tobacco for a minor. If the adult agreed to purchase tobacco for the minor, officers and agents then arrested and cited the individual. Furnishing tobacco to a minor is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $200 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense, and $1,000 for the third offense. Educational and Outreach Activities: • Press releases inform the public of the grant and/or the activities conducted under the grant during the grant period. • Social media and mobile message boards inform and educate the public on tobacco laws. • Police Department deputies engage Chino Hills middle school students during four educational presentations (Two per year for two years). CM2018-087 • Police Department personnel (all sworn and some non -sworn) receive specialized training on tobacco -related laws and issues. Press releases were sent out prior to and following the December 6, 2018 shoulder tap operations, and the same protocol will be followed for each subsequent operation. City and Police Department staff will use the formal bid process to procure message boards with grant funding in the first quarter of 2019. Police Department staff are developing a middle school educational program that will begin in the first quarter of 2019. Should you have any questions about the Tobacco Law Enforcement grant, please contact Ben Montgomery or me. KB:BM:MD