Resources For The Enforcement Underage Drinking Law Program
Learn more about the EUDL program, the resources offered to United States law enforcement through the program, and its objectives.
What Is the EUDL Program?
The Enforcement Underage Drinking Law (EUDL) program is a crucial initiative aimed at reducing underage drinking in communities across the state of Maine. This program focuses on increasing the enforcement of underage drinking laws and implementing research-based prevention strategies to help.
The EUDL program is designed to improve Maine’s system for analyzing data on underage drinking, strengthen a statewide Underage Drinking Enforcement Task Force, and increase the visibility and effectiveness of efforts to enforce underage drinking laws through enhanced prevention and intervention programming. In addition to these efforts, the EUDL program works closely with the community to provide prevention strategies at the local level through a range of partners, including alcohol beverage enforcement agencies, law enforcement, schools, employers, medical and health care professionals, and community coalitions.
The History and Track Record Of The EUDL Program
The Enforcement Underage Drinking Law (EUDL) program has a long history of working to reduce underage drinking and associated misconduct. In 2006, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provided discretionary grants to five communities as part of the EUDL initiative to implement an environmental strategy approach to reduce drinking among Air Force members. An evaluation of the program found that four of the five communities had significant decreases in one or more outcomes of interest, including the compliance check failure rate of local establishments that sell alcohol, arrests for possession of alcohol by a minor, and DUI/DWI arrests.
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These findings, combined with earlier results showing that the EUDL program had an influence on self-reported drinking behaviors in three of the five communities, provide hard evidence that community-level programs like EUDL work. Overall, the EUDL program has a strong track record of helping communities reduce underage drinking and improve public safety.
EUDL Grant Program Information
The Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) grant is a funding program administered by the Office of Substance Abuse (OSA) within the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The grant is designed to support initiatives that reduce underage drinking and improve public safety. Some of the projects that have been funded through the EUDL grant include the Higher Education Alcohol Prevention Partnership (HEAPP), statewide compliance checks, and mini-grants for law enforcement agencies to increase enforcement of underage drinking laws. In addition to supporting these initiatives, the EUDL grant also provides funding for training for law enforcement professionals. By providing resources for these efforts, the EUDL grant helps to make a meaningful impact in communities across the country.
List of EUDL Grant Partnering Agencies
Dirigo Safety, LLC partners with the following agencies as part of the FY2023 – 2024 EUDL Grant from the Maine CDC:
- Augusta Police Department
- Biddeford Police Department
- Brunswick Police Department
- Cape Elizabeth Police Department
- Caribou Police Department
- Ellsworth Police Department
- Hancock County
- Kennebunk Police Department
- Lewiston Police Department
- Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department
- Maine Sheriff’s Association
- Old Orchard Beach Police Department
- Scarborough Police Department
- South Portland Police Department
- Westbrook Police Department
Over the past several years, I have had the opportunity to work with the team at Dirigo Safety. Scarborough Police department utilizes their services for our training platform as well as policy management through a Maine Municipal Association grant.
These services are absolutely top notch and all of their staff is very responsive, informative and well organized. These are all important traits when dealing with departments that rely on these types of services where there are options available. I do not hesitate to put Dirigo Safety at the front of mind when our department requires a service that they offer.
More specifically, I have had the pleasure of working with Dirigo Safety on the EUDL(Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws).
-Lt. Timothy Barker