GLOVERSVILLE - The city Police Department was awarded $15,000 in grant funds to combat drinking by people younger than 21.
The money was awarded by the state Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services and the Hamilton, Fulton, Montgomery Prevention Council.
The Police Department plans to use the funding on "party patrols" for detecting and investigating complaints of underage drinking, Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said.
He said the department is aware of areas where children go during the year to have parties before and after sporting events or dances. He also said police will patrol problem areas to help stop underage drinking.
VanDeusen said the money will be used on existing officers' overtime expenses.
The extra patrols began Friday and will be scheduled on various dates and times of the year, a news release said.
"This is a more proactive approach to put more eyes and ears on the streets to better serve the community and prevent underage drinking from occuring," VanDeusen said.