In 2002, the C.O.P.S. Division of the police department began a partnership with the Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control to inform businesses of the laws and regulations businesses selling alcohol are required to know. We began the process by providing ABC’s LEAD’s training class at the police department.
What is the LEAD Program?
The LEAD Program is a free, voluntary prevention and education program for retail licensees, their employees and applicants. It began on January 1, 1991 with a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. Since February 1995, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has funded the program. Since 1991, the LEAD Program has trained over 100,000 people. The curriculum is designed for licensees, managers, and employees. There is no separate management curriculum. Program length is 3-1/2 hours and the LEAD Program trainers are experienced ABC investigators who are sworn State law enforcement officers.
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The mission of the LEAD Program is to provide high quality, effective and educationally sound training on alcohol responsibility and the law to California retail licensees and their employees. The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control expects and encourages licensees to act responsibly relative to their alcoholic beverage license privileges. The LEAD Program provides the licensee and applicant with practical information on serving alcoholic beverages safely, responsibly, and legally, and preventing illicit drug activity at the licensed establishment.
What are the Benefits of Attending LEAD’s
1. It reduces risk of liability, including criminal (court action), civil (lawsuit) and administrative (ABC accusation).
2. The Three Strikes Law (effective 1/1/1995) requires revocation of an ABC license if an establishment has three violations within three years (of selling alcohol to, or permitting consumption of alcohol by, a minor). LEAD Training can help reduce the risk of license revocation.
3. Possibly reduced insurance premiums.
4. Provides ways to deal with difficult situations.
To receive a LEAD’s class schedule, please contact the Ontario Police Departments COPS Division at 909-395-2845.