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For Immediate Release

Redwood City Police Implement "TRACE" Program - Rapid Response to Teen/Alcohol Incidents

Redwood City, CA - August 27, 2012 - The Redwood City Police Department, in Collaboration with the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and the Youth Leadership Institute is proud to announce the implementation of the TRACE program.

TRACE, or Target Responsibility for Alcohol-Connected Emergencies, is a rapid response program for incidents involving minors and alcohol which has resulted in major injury or death. The participating agency contacts the TRACE unit coordinator for their area as they respond to major injury incidents or fatal crashes involving minors and alcohol.

ABC agents respond immediately to conduct a ‘backtrack’ investigation to gather evidence and information that helps trace how the minors obtained the alcohol, whether it was directly from ABC licensed businesses, or from friends or family.

"This would not be possible without the advocacy for TRACE from the youth in Sequoia Teen Resource Center’s Youth Advisory Board, one of our San Mateo County Friday Night Live Chapters," said Katrina Socco, Senior Director at the Youth Leadership Institute. “From collecting data to meeting with Lynne Goodwin one of the founders of TRACE in California, it’s Redwood City young people who are driving the change.”

The TRACE protocol has already produced numerous successful backtrack investigations throughout California in which individuals and licensed businesses have been identified as selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors involved in DUI crashes and other alcohol related emergencies.

The Redwood City Police Department values the contribution made by the youth in our community and is committed to taking all measures that ensure their safety and hold accountable those that provide alcohol to minors.
Patrol Officers, Investigators and Managers have all been trained in the procedure for notifying a TRACE agent should an incident arise and that procedure has been made part of the Department’s protocol.

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Sgt. Sean Hart
Redwood City Police Department


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