For First Time in Police Department's History, All Businesses Pass Alcohol Check

The Eagan Police Department completed 65 compliance checks by March 18 this spring.

For the first time in the Eagan Police Department's history, a routine alcohol compliance check yielded a 100 percent "pass rate".

Eagan police conducted 73 alcohol compliance checks on March 18, according to a news release issued by the department. Although eight of the 73 businesses were either closed, not serving alcohol or out of business, all of the remaining 65 businesses tested passed.

The last time the department conducted alcohol compliance checks—on October
24, 2012—eight of the 69 retailers tested sold alcohol to a minor, resulting in a twelve percent failure rate, according to the department.

From the news release:

When 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 may be subjected to civil penalties through the City.

The police department performs compliance checks on an annual basis in an effort to ensure establishments licensed to sell alcohol in the City are acting in accordance with State law.

The Eagan Police Department would like to acknowledge all of the merchants licensed to sell alcohol in the City for the favorable results of this last initiative along with their ongoing commitments in keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors.

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