State of California
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
FACT SHEET: IMPACT PROGRAM
Informed Merchants Preventing
Alcohol-Related Crime Tendencies
The mission of the Department of Alcoholic
Beverage Control (ABC) is to administer the
provisions of the Alcoholic Beverage Control
Act in a manner that fosters and protects the
health, safety, welfare and economic well being
of the people of the State.
The IMPACT Program is a prevention and
education program developed by ABC in 1984.
It uses the community oriented policing
approach of involving local merchants in
Goals and Objectives
The IMPACT Program’s primary goal is to
reduce alcohol-related crime in and around
The program’s major objectives are: (a)
Conduct visits and inspections of licensed
premises; (b) Identify instances of non-
compliance at licensed premises; (c) Take
appropriate enforcement action on any major
violations observed; and (d) Conduct follow up
visits as needed to check for compliance.
• PARTNERSHIP. The IMPACT Program
teams an ABC investigator with a local law
enforcement officer. These sworn officers
visit licensed outlets in a marked police
vehicle. To create public awareness, the
vehicle bears magnetic signs that read,
"ABC ENFORCEMENT TEAM."
INSPECTION AND ADVISEMENT.
IMPACT teams select and survey licensed
outlets at random. During their visits,
IMPACT teams remind licensees of the
responsibilities and accountability
associated with the sale of alcohol. The
officers also inspect licensed premises for
compliance with State and local laws. The
officers may look for loitering, litter,
graffiti, posted signs, slot machines, lack of
food service in restaurants, illegal weapons,
or other violations.
Although the focus is to educate, officers
will take action if they see any major
violations during the inspections. A