Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has been providing Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) grant funds to the Wyoming Department of Health since 1998. Due to the law enforcement focus of these funds it was decided in 2006 to sub- contract to the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police (WASCOP) for the administration of these funds and to direct the efforts of the agencies that apply for these grant funds. WASCOP administers the grant funding to Wyoming communities through a granting process. Agency proposals are required to focus on OJJDP Best Practice Enforcement Strategies and to implement measures to sustain EUDL efforts in collaboration with their local prevention coalition efforts. WASCOP provides administrative services for the grant, technical assistance and training to grant recipients, and the collection, analysis and reporting of underage drinking arrest related data gathered by the grant recipients. EUDL data is reported to the public through a report published by WASCOP titled, “Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws: Alcohol and Youth Data – 2011” and “Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws: Trend Analysis – 2009 - 2011”. This data is used by agencies to direct their enforcement and prevention efforts, to educate public policy makers to effect positive public policy change, and promote healthy community norms. WASCOP also facilitates semi-annual meetings of all grant recipients to train, share strategies and new ideas, and refine practices and protocols.