Snellville police recognized for anti-drinking efforts aimed at teens

Members of substance abuse education group GUIDE, Inc. showed their appreciation for Snellville police officers Friday, serving them a breakfast and giving them a plaque.

"Much is required of police officers to keep our cities and communities safe, and many times their work goes unnoticed," said Molly Vance, GUIDE, Inc.'s program specialist. "At GUIDE, Inc., we depend on the important work of police officers to prevent and reduce retail and social access of alcohol to teens and underage young adults and therefore believe they should be recognized for making our communities healthier and safer."

During June and July, the Snellville Police Department conducted two compliance check sweeps, visiting a total of 44 alcohol establishments and retailers in the city. Only two alcohol establishments were not in compliance and sold alcohol to an underage decoy. This gives Snellville a compliance rate of 95 percent for June and July 2015.

"It is because of the diligent work of the officers at the Snellville Police Department that we are able to ensure laws are being followed and enforced," Vance said. "Thank you, Snellville Police Department officers, for your commitment to conducting compliance checks and keeping us safe!"

Chief Roy Whitehead said the department is appreciative of the recognition and contributions GUIDE, Inc. has made to the department which translates to funding for programs like the K-9 Unit.

On Friday, GUIDE, Inc. sponsored an Appreciation Day event for Snellville officers to recognize their efforts during the past year to curb underage drinking.

"It is an honor to have this opportunity and to be able to personally thank all of the officers for their help in the community," Vance said. "I hope that as a community we remember to show our appreciation for all the work our police officers do on a daily basis. It is important work, and to make a difference, it takes all of us working together."

GUIDE, Inc. is a substance abuse prevention agency serving Gwinnett County since 1986. To find out more about the organization, visit guideinc.org.

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