Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $949,617)
OJJDP's Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws Discretionary Program: Initiative To Reduce Underage Drinking seeks to reduce the availability of alcoholic beverages to and the consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons serving in the U.S. Air Force who are younger than 21 years old. The initiative will provide funds to local civilian communities to implement research-based and promising practices to enforce underage drinking laws and prevent underage service personnel from consuming alcohol in collaboration with active duty installations implementing the underage component of the Air Force's Culture of Responsible Choices program.
The Missouri Department of Public Safety will reduce underage access to alcohol among Whiteman Air Force Base personnel by increasing the capacity of the local underage drinking coalition, Warrensburg Area Partners in Prevention (WAPIP), to create a collaborative effort among the cities of Warrensburg, Knob Noster and the Base. WAPIP will utilize the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation Community Trials Intervention model, which already resulted in measured success in reducing underage access to alcohol in Warrensburg. Project goals include reducing underage drinking through coalition efforts, and reducing high risk consumption of alcohol, DWI and the availability of alcohol to underage airmen. Progress towards goals will be measured by cooperating with OJJDP and the national evaluator to report mandatory performance measures. Objectives include increasing collaboration among partners; more effective use of data; increased utilization of best practice training resources; environmental management strategies including compliance checks, DWI saturations, controlled party dispersals, revision of local policies related to underage drinking, and activities to provide an alternative to alcohol; and education and awareness including a social host/social norms clarification media campaign and an innovative social norm clarification program for underage airmen. CA/NCF