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Alcohol Compliance Checks on Tap for Eagan Police Department

The department will work with an underage "buyer" who will attempt to purchase liquor from restaurants and stores in Eagan.

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Editor's Note: The following is a press release from the Eagan Police Department.

The Eagan Police Department received a grant to fund alcohol compliance checks at all licensed retailers in the City of Eagan. In the next few weeks, police officers will conduct the first round of compliance checks. A second round of checks will be performed in early 2013. Compliance checks are a tool for law enforcement to educate merchants and identify those who sell to unauthorized persons.

While performing compliance checks at an establishment, a police officer works with an underage person who attempts to purchase alcohol from a bar, restaurant, liquor store, grocery store or other licensed outlet. If the clerk or server refuses the sale, the retailer passes the compliance check and is informed immediately by law enforcement personnel. Any retailer selling to an underage person during a check is immediately issued a citation and maybe subjected to civil penalties through the City.

The Invitation Health Institute provided the alcohol compliance funding through the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program which is administered by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

For more information, please contact Sergeant Wills at (651) 675-5700.

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