If you see a teenager trying to pick up a six-pack in the next couple of months, he or she may be working with the Brookline Police.
The Police Department announced today they will be running a series of stings to test liquor license holders' compliance with the town bylaws and state regulations.
These stings typically have an underage person--under the guidance of a police officer--enter a bar or package store, and attempt to get alcohol. If asked, the would-be buyer will give their accurate birthdate, and does not attempt to mislead the employees. If they successfully make a purchase, the alcohol goes into the custody of police after the purchase.
Any establishments found to be out of compliance are called to a hearing before the Board of Selectmen, which acts as the town's licensing authority. Selectmen can suspend or revoke the license of any establishment found to be violating liquor laws.
These stings will run over the next couple of months. Any and all license-holding establishments may be tested during that time. For more information, call 617-730-2781.
The following is a release from the Brookline Police Department:
The Brookline Police Department will be conducting liquor stings, which involve liquor compliance checks starting now throughout the next couple of months. These stings will be conducted at all liquor licensed establishments, including package stores, restaurants and variety stores.
These compliance checks are part of the duties of the department’s liquor control officer and will be done on a continuous basis throughout the year. Preventing underage drinking is everyone’s responsibility. Compliance checks reassure youths do not have easy access to alcohol and that people over 21 years of age are not buying alcohol for underage youths, including employees and liquor license holders. Such activities and frequent oversight of alcohol retailers increases compliances.
Brookline Police Department