CLARION, PA (EYT) – The Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission (AICDAC) has been shortlisted for this year’s John W. Britt Community Service Award by the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA).
The NLLEA is a not-for-profit association with over 1,600 members. Members represent federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in more than 40 states and the District of Columbia. The NLLEA is governed by a Board of Directors elected by its members. Part of the NLLEA’s mission is to improve liquor law enforcement standards and foster a collaborative environment among law enforcement agencies. One of the ways the NLLEA strives to do this is by providing best practice recommendations and guidance on alcohol policies, procedures and protocols.
At their annual conference held September 26-28, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, several agencies received awards for their hard work and dedication to liquor enforcement. More than thirty-five agencies were represented at the conference, including international, federal, state, local and campus law enforcement, as well as exhibitors and public health partners.
The theme for this year’s conference was: Building Trust Among Stakeholders for Safer Communities. General sessions and workshops focused on the ever-changing alcohol market with increasing access points to alcohol, increasing violence in and around licensed alcohol establishments, as well that the leadership, compliance skills, technology, training and collaboration needed for real solutions.
NLLEA President Todd Merlina welcomed conference attendees and thanked his fellow board members; Tom Kirby, Vice President, Israel Morrow, Secretary/Treasurer, James Diana, Sergeant-at-Arms, John Yeomans, Past President, and Carrie Christofes, Executive Director for their hard work throughout the year.
“Being able to share this time together gives us the opportunity not only to improve our profession but also to create links. The relationships we have built and continue to build are essential to the role our association plays in the proactive and reactive enforcement process. said NLLEA President Todd Merlina as he applauded NLLEA members for meeting challenges head on by thinking outside the box through collaboration and implementing real solutions.
The NLLEA is pleased to announce the recipients of the annual NLLEA Awards presented in four categories: John W. Britt Community Service Award, Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency of the Year, Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent of the Year, Innovative Alcohol Law Enforcement Program of the Year, and the Meritorious Service Award.
Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission (AICDAC) was shortlisted for this year’s John W. Britt Community Service Award. The NLLEA John W. Britt Community Service Award is given to a non-law enforcement agency/entity that makes a significant contribution to alcohol and/or tobacco control efforts and demonstrates program effectiveness through underlying efforts and practices. AICDAC is an exemplary example of programs and partnerships that have contributed and continue to contribute to strengthening alcohol control efforts and raising awareness of underage drinking prevention through environmental strategies. AICDAC’s dedication to building relationships with the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Alcohol Control (BLCE) and educating their communities about the risks associated with underage drinking makes this organization the ideal recipient of the NLLEA John W. Britt Community Service Award.
North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Alcohol Law Enforcement Division, shortlisted for Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency of the Year Award of this year. The NLLEA Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency of the Year Award is presented to an agency that has demonstrated effectiveness through the implementation of innovative programs, community and media recognition, and model training programs, practices and strategies. . The North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement has demonstrated through myriad special investigations, proactive enforcement, and community education that they serve. NC DPS ALE has also developed and implemented several trainings for ALE and licensed establishments to increase knowledge and foster relationships for safer communities.
This is evident in their agency’s accomplishments on many fronts to implement training such as Be a Responsible Seller and Stop Alcohol Violence through Employee Education (SAVE). Conduct investigations through special units such as the ALE Commercial ABC/Commercial Trade Practice Group and the Nuisance Abatement Team (NAT). The NC DPS ALE also tracked its goals and achievements through qualitative and quantitative means to measure its increased efforts overall.
Stephen Cox, Officer, Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio Investigative Unit, was shortlisted for this year’s Alcohol Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award. year. The NLLEA Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent of the Year Award is given to an agent for acts of heroism or bravery, creativity resulting in innovative programs, recognition by peers and/or the local community, or other actions that enhance the image of an agency or alcohol law enforcement in general. Constable Cox’s drive and determination to get past drug offenses, illegal weapons offenses and violent crimes in and around the Ohio liquor license premises indicates that he is an exemplary and dedicated officer in the enforcement of liquor laws and regulations and public health and safety. of the community it serves. Constable Cox’s successful investigations and impact on gun crimes in the Greater Cleveland area, along with his ability to foster professional relationships, make him the ideal recipient of the NLLEA Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent Award. of the Year.
Delaware Department of Safety & Homeland Security Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement was shortlisted for this year’s Innovative Alcohol Law Enforcement Program of the Year award. The NLLEA Innovative Alcohol Law Enforcement Program of the Year award is given to an agency that demonstrates program effectiveness through exemplary practices and enforcement. The Delaware Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement’s (DATE) forward-thinking and innovative vision to purchase and implement the use of a DUI simulator to educate Delaware youth and communities about the dangers of driving impaired is demonstrative of the NLLEA’s mission. DATE has also used the simulator to train officers in chase scenarios and to train the alcohol industry (servers and vendors) on the dangers associated with over-serving. DATE creatively engaged youth and the community through the use of the simulator to provide impaired driving and distraction education enabling them to foster community relationships. This program has a significant impact on underage drinking, impaired driving and safe driving. The NLLEA is honored to name DATE’s Impaired/Distracted Driving Simulator the Innovative Alcohol Law Enforcement Program of the Year.
NLLEA 2021-2022 President Todd Merlina received the Meritorious Service Award for his four-year dedication to the association. Todd resides in Pennsylvania and is the Division Chief of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Bureau of Alcohol Education. In his current position, he oversees educational programs and grants to communities, law enforcement and institutions of higher learning. Todd has been involved in monitoring the alcohol industry for over 34 years. His career has included undercover investigations and prosecutions throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an officer and supervisor. During his career, Todd helped develop the PA State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement’s “CHOICES” alcohol education program, helped adapt the nationally recognized program “Cops in Shops” in Pennsylvania, developed and managed the Age Compliance Program, and initiated and coordinated investigation procedures for illegal gambling, small-scale gambling and liquor manufacturers.
The winners were honored at the 2022 NLLEA Annual Conference held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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