The Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS) provides funding assistance for overtime enforcement for underage alcohol-related activities. All eligible activities must be above and beyond the normal enforcement level. Funding assistance should be requested a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of the activity to allow adequate time for the approval process. Funding requests should be submitted on a completed “Selective Overtime Enforcement Mini-Grant Contract Application and Award”.
Underage alcohol-related overtime enforcement activities eligible for overtime funding assistance may include:
Compliance checks should be conducted with the support of your community coalition. The community coalition provides the support to build the community consensus that underage drinking is unacceptable. Often times the community coalition can act as a buffer for the law enforcement agency during compliance checks. NOHS also encourages multi-agency compliance checks to involve the Nebraska State Patrol, police department, and sheriff’s office when possible. All officers working grant funded alcohol selective overtime enforcement must be certified in Standard Field Sobriety Testing (SFST). Course completion certificates will be required with the claim for reimbursement.
It is critical that law enforcement personnel receive training from the Nebraska State Patrol prior to conducting any compliance checks. This ensures the established protocols are followed, and assists with the success when the cases are heard before the Liquor Control Commission.
The mini-grant application requests information in five (5) different categories: 1) Baseline Information; 2) Selective Overtime Enforcement Objective; 3) Selective Overtime Enforcement Activity; 4) Selective Overtime Enforcement Budget; and, 5) Impact Evaluation. Every effort should be made to provide as much information as possible.
PRESS RELEASES: Pre-activity and post-activity press releases must be issued by the law enforcement agency. The pre-activity press release tells the public what you are going to do, why, and when you are going to do the enforcement. If compliance checks are combined with the overall activity, the pre-activity press release may be very general in nature but still advise that the funds have been awarded to your agency to combat the youth alcohol problem. The post-activity press release tells the public the results of the enforcement activity.
REIMBURSEMENT: At the conclusion of the activity when requesting reimbursement, be certain to include the six items listed on the mini-grant application with your reimbursement request.
ACTIVITY REPORT: An activity report outlining all of the funded activities must be included with the reimbursement.