COLUMBIA — Working under the supervision of law enforcement, underage buyers will attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages soon, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.
Compliance checks are done to assess the availability of alcohol to minors within the community and are designed to deter the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors. These checks are funded by grants administered by the Missouri Department of Public Safety and Juvenile Justice Advisory Group.
Employees and employers caught selling alcohol to minors will be cited and referred to appropriate agencies for prosecution, according to the release.
Members of the Downtown Unit have been working closely with bar owners and MU's Wellness Resource Center to educate owners of businesses that serve alcohol about liability issues to over-serving and serving to those under the age of 21.