Delaware Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Earns State Recognition as an Accredited Police Agency

 

June 22, 2015 – Governor Jack A. Markell and Delaware Safety and Homeland Security Secretary Lewis Schiliro joined together to recognize the Delaware Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (DATE) for earning State accreditation.

“DATE’s attainment of accreditation highlights its professionalism, dedication and exemplary commitment to the high standards in law enforcement,” said Gov. Markell. “Our State accreditation process raises the standards for our law enforcement agencies and sets the mark for excellence.”

DATE, led by Director John Yeomans, worked through a long and arduous process to meet more than 100 standards as required by the Delaware Police Accreditation Commission (DPAC). In 2008, DPAC was formed to develop State standards as it relates to technical support, operations support and training support for local police agencies. DATE is the fourth Delaware law enforcement agency to receive DPAC Accreditation.

“I am proud of Director Yoemans and his team for their dedication and commitment to excellence and for serving as an example to the many other police agencies statewide working toward accreditation,” said Schiliro, who is also the DPAC Chair. “This is the first such accreditation for this agency in its 80-plus year history.”

Updating the policies and operations of the Division to DPAC standards was an important goal when Director Yeomans was appointed in 2011. The Division’s policy manual has since been completely revised to meet DPAC standards.

“This process helped the Division measure current operations against established practices. The end result is a better agency that can carry out the important mission of serving the citizens of Delaware,” said Director Yeomans. “We are honored and excited about this accomplishment.”

The accreditation process is how a police agency voluntarily demonstrates how it meets professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery. The accreditation award is granted for a three-year period during which time the Division must maintain annual records attesting to continued compliance with all applicable standards.

(L to R) Pictured are: Rep. Steve Smyk, Agent George Merrill, Agent Trey Moore, Lt. James Diana, Deputy Director Robert Kracyla, Agent Thomas Mason, Gov. Jack Markell, Director John Yeomans, Lt. Kevin Jones, Agent Daniel Duke, Agent Aaron Bonniwell, Rep. William Carson, Agent Michael Loiseau and DSHS Secretary Lewis D. Schiliro.
(L to R) Pictured are: Rep. Steve Smyk, Agent George Merrill, Agent Trey Moore, Lt. James Diana, Deputy Director Robert Kracyla, Agent Thomas Mason, Gov. Jack Markell, Director John Yeomans, Lt. Kevin Jones, Agent Daniel Duke, Agent Aaron Bonniwell, Rep. William Carson, Agent Michael Loiseau and DSHS Secretary Lewis D. Schiliro.

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Media Contact:
Kimberly H. Chandler
(302) 632-7060


Multi-Agency “Party Crashers” Enforcement Initiative Has Large Impact on Underage Drinking, Nets Several Arrests

The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement partnered with several other law enforcement agencies to target the problem of underage drinking. Police officers from the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement, Delaware State Police, Dewey Beach Police Department, Rehoboth Beach Police Department, University of Delaware Police Department and the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office hit the streets this week as part of a high-visibility enforcement campaign to prevent and combat underage consumption and binge drinking in and around the town of Dewey Beach.

On June 3, the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement was able to obtain information and make observations of a underage party occurring at 17 Collins Street in Dewey Beach. After obtaining information from inside of that location, a search warrant was obtained and executed at the residence and several area students were found to be drinking underage. A total of 28 underage persons at the party were cited for underage drinking by the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement and Dewey Beach Police. In addition, the owner of that residence, Mark L. Woodruff, 50, of Dewey Beach was charged with Providing Alcohol to Minors.

Other arrests this week by all officers involved included the following charges:

Underage Possession/Consumption of Alcohol: 16
Sell Alcohol to a Minor: 3
Enter Package Store Under 21: 2
Possession of Marijuana: 1
Open Container of Alcohol: 1
Local Fugitive: 1
Drunk on Highway: 2

Officers patrolling the streets noticed that rented houses were much quieter than in past years and the number of underage parties that normally occur in the Dewey Beach area appeared to have been greatly reduced.  It is believed that the advertisement of this campaign and the overt police presence had a positive impact on reducing underage drinking in the Dewey Beach area.  Officers will be continuing their enforcement efforts during the months of June.

"Party Crashers" Campaign Flyer
“Party Crashers” Campaign Flyer

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Media Contact:
Director John Yeomans
(302) 741-2714
john.yeomans@delaware.gov


D.A.T.E Launches New Campaign To Maximize Underage Drinking Enforcement In Dewey Beach, DE

“PARTY CRASHERS” MAKE THEIR WAY TO DEWEY BEACH, DE
TO CRACKDOWN ON UNDERAGE DRINKING IN DEWEY BEACH

Dewey Beach, DE – Consider the party over for those who decide to consume alcohol illegally or provide alcohol to a minor, as part of a new “Party Crashers” initiative that promises to enforce underage drinking laws and unlawfully selling to minors.

Beginning this week, the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (D.A.T.E) will be joining forces with local and state law enforcement, as part of a multi-faceted underage drinking enforcement campaign to help reduce the number of incidents and injuries related to underage consumption and binge drinking in and around the town of Dewey Beach.

As part of an annual tradition, thousands of recent high school graduates will make their way to Dewey Beach during the first two weeks of June. “We want this time of year to be a time of celebration not a tragic mistake so we created the “Party Crashers” initiative to remind all town residents, both temporary and permanent, that our zero tolerance policy will be strictly enforced at all times.” said John Yeomans, Director of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement.

This high-visibility enforcement detail includes a partnership with the Sussex County Realtors Association who will be distributing the campaign flyer to all rental units within Dewey Beach. Residents, and visitors alike, will see an increased presence of police officers at any given time from the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement, Delaware State Police, Dewey Beach Police Department, Rehoboth Beach Police Department, University of Delaware Police Department and the Delaware State Fire Marshall’s office. These officers will be patrolling the streets on foot, by bike and on mounted patrols.

“I’m pleased with the increased enforcement of underage drinking because it can hopefully prevent some of these young adults from getting into serious trouble. And the trouble they can potentially cause can affect their future careers in ways they do not realize until it’s too late.” said Diane Hanson, Mayor of Dewey Beach.

Funding for this initiative has been provided by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

"Party Crashers" Campaign Flyer
“Party Crashers” Campaign Flyer

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Media Contact:
John Yeomans, Director
john.yeomans@delaware.gov
(302) 741-2721


Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Launches “Buyers Beware” Billboard Campaign to Reduce Underage Drinking and Sales

Buyers Beware Billboard
Buyers Beware Billboard

For high school students everywhere, prom and graduation are two of the most highly anticipated events of the year. We want this time of year to be a time of celebration not tragedy. That’s why the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (DATE) is rolling out a statewide billboard prevention and awareness campaign, “Buyers Beware”, to remind all citizens that purchasing or providing alcohol to minors is not only wrong – it is against the law and can result in hefty fines and jail time.

Over the next 4 weeks, the Buyers Beware Billboard campaign will make more than 875,000 impressions via 10 strategically located billboards throughout all 3 counties in Delaware. “I am asking my fellow Delawarean’s to join me in making a new or renewed commitment to being responsible and to never be a party to underage drinking,” said John Yeomans, Director of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement.

Statistics show that Prom-Graduation season (April, May and June) is the most dangerous time for teens. One-third of the alcohol-related traffic fatalities involving teens each year occur during those months. Underage drinking plays a substantial role in all three leading causes of death among teens which are unintentional injuries (including motor vehicle fatalities and drowning), suicides, and homicides.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) there are approximately 11 million underage drinkers in the United States. By the age of 18, more than 70 percent of teens have had a drink. And where are these youths obtaining their alcohol? Teens get alcohol with a wink and a nod from the adults they know such as their parents, adult friends and older siblings. Sadly, adults in our community are contributing to the problem.

Nationally in 2009, 33 percent of all 15 to 20 year old drivers who were killed in crashes had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01 or higher; 28% had a BAC level of .08 or higher. In that same year in Delaware 23% of all alcohol related traffic fatalities were involving drivers under 25 years of age. These facts are both tragic and unacceptable. Adults purchasing or obtaining and providing alcohol to minors leads to these adverse consequences. Underage drinking is not a rite of passage and shouldn’t be deemed as “cool”.

The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement encourages citizens to report underage drinking or sales by calling our Anonymous Tip Line at 1-800-EYES-EARS (1-800-393-7327) or via the internet by visiting www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Funding for this billboard campaign has been provided by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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Media Contact:
John Yeomans, Director
john.yeomans@delaware.gov
(302) 741-2719


Tobacco Smuggler Arrested By Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement

Odessa, DE – On April 15, 2015, the Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement (DATE) was contacted by the Delaware State Police after a trooper stopped a vehicle travelling north on SR 1 south of Odessa and a large amount of cigarettes were found in the vehicle. 

Mugahid Tahir Al Ghazali, 25, of New York, NY was travelling north on SR 1 in a rental vehicle and was stopped by a trooper for speeding.  Further investigation revealed the driver was in possession of 394 cartons of untaxed cigarettes of various brands. 
 
A DATE agent responded to the scene and verified that the 394 cartons were obtained in Virginia and were being transported to an unknown destination. Al Ghazali was charged by DATE with Possession of Untaxed Cigarettes and Attempting to Evade Delaware Excise Tax. The rental car was confiscated and returned to the rental company. He was later released after posting a $5,500 cash only bail.

Mugahid Tahir Al Ghazali, 25, of New York, NY
Mugahid Tahir Al Ghazali, 25, of New York, NY

Media Contact:
John Yeomans, Director
john.yeomans@delaware.gov
(302) 741-2719