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COCOAA Donates Scope to Fulton Police Department

Pictured from left to right are Deborah Bills- Executive Director at COCOAA, Tammy Rodgers-FAST/Community Education Coordinator, Fulton Police Officer Jarrett Marino and Karyn Grow-Prevention Director at COCOAA.
Pictured from left to right are Deborah Bills- Executive Director at COCOAA, Tammy Rodgers-FAST/Community Education Coordinator, Fulton Police Officer Jarrett Marino and Karyn Grow-Prevention Director at COCOAA.

The County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Inc. (COCOAA), recently donated a digital spotting scope to the Fulton City Police Department with funding provided through a New York State Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) grant. This Bushnell Image View Scope with camera will be used by the Fulton PD during their underage drinking enforcement details, in an effort to track and photo illegal underage alcohol sales.

With the additional EUDL grant funding, underage drinking enforcement details in the City of Fulton will continue to occur. Both on-premise and off-premise establishments will be included in these details.

Underage drinking remains the most serious substance abuse issue in New York State and is currently higher than the national rate. The problems associated with underage drinking are widespread, resulting in costly and tragic health, social and economic difficulties including youth violence, traffic crashes, injury and premature death. In a 2007 study, underage drinking costs the citizens of NYS $3.5 billion.

With enforcement activities by local Police Departments, education and media coverage, EUDL funding by COCOAA allows us to focus on and address these underage drinking issues in our community.

The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) sponsors the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws grant in New York State.