CT State Police Conduct Liquor Store Compliance Checks

Griswold, CT – : On Friday, August 30th, the Department of Consumer Protection Liquor Control Division and an officer from the CT State Police, Troop E, conducted undercover compliance checks of nine (9) alcohol retailers in Griswold, Jewett City, Lisbon, and Voluntown.   One minor, trained and provided by SERAC, was sent into the licensed establishments to purchase alcohol.

Five (5) complied, refusing to sell alcohol to the minor, and should be commended for their actions. The five establishments that passed are:

Griliquors, 1130 Voluntown Road

Griswold Discount Liquor, 461 Voluntown Road

Island Packy, 604 Voluntown Road

JC Spirit Shoppe, 63 Main Street

V Town Liquor, 144 Main Street

It is alleged that four failed by selling alcoholic liquor to a minor. The establishments that allegedly failed are:

Griswold:  

Petro Max Market, 136 Preston Road

Sunny’s Supermarket, 129 Main Street

Aldi, 175 River Road

Better Val-U Lisbon Package Store, 99 River Road

Compliance checks are designed to ensure that liquor license holders are working to prevent the sale of alcohol to people under the age of 21. Compliance checks are not intended to hurt local businesses. The youth volunteer who participated in the compliance check was 18 years old and had a valid identification card or driver’s license, which was shown to every seller who asked to see them.

“We don’t try to trick or entice establishments to sell alcoholic beverages to youth,” PRIDE Coordinator, Miranda Mahoney said. “If asked for proof of age before making a liquor purchase, the volunteer youth will hand over their actual photo I.D., which clearly indicates that they are underage.”

Griswold PRIDE notified all 9 establishments this summer that compliance checks would occur and offered free online TIPS training to each business. Griliquors and Vtown Liquor both participated, and received their TIPs certifications. TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) is the global leader in education and training for the responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol.

Mahoney said: “The businesses and employees who passed the check deserve congratulations for their diligence in preventing alcohol sales to underage purchasers.”

The Griswold Partnership to Reduce the Influence of Drugs for Everyone (PRIDE) will continue to partner with the CT State Police and the SERAC in order to combat underage drinking. Activities such as regular compliance checks monitor and encourage establishments to make sure youth do not have easy access to alcohol and make our children and community safer.

The checks were funded in whole by Griswold PRIDE’s grant from the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

About Griswold PRIDE

PRIDE is a community coalition created to work collaboratively to reduce and prevent underage drinking and substance use and their impact on the community. PRIDE utilizes a data driven approach to identify evidence-based strategies to create community change.

Community coalitions connect multiple sectors of the community, including businesses, parents, media, law enforcement, schools, faith organizations, health providers, social service agencies, and the government. By acting in concert through the coalition, all of the partners gain a more complete understanding of the community’s problems. Together, the partners organize and develop plans and programs to coordinate their anti-drug efforts. The result is a comprehensive, community-wide approach to substance abuse and its related problems.

PRIDE is a recipient of a federal Drug Free Communities Grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), for which Community Health Resources (CHR) serves as fiscal agent.

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