Tigard businesses appear to be getting the message about selling alcohol to minors.

Just say no.

Tigard Police and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission have performed two random checks of local businesses in the last several months, and while the city’s compliance rate has dropped slightly in that time, the city is still well above the national average, which sees about 20 percent of businesses selling to minors.

Teams performed the random checks on 23 local businesses in December.

In each of the stings, an underage volunteer entered the store and attempted to purchase alcohol.

The teens work in tandem with an OLCC inspectors and a Tigard Police Officer who wait outside.

The teens don’t show identification unless asked, and then show their Oregon identification, which shows that the teens are underage.

Police said that three of the businesses failed the test, and sold the alcohol to the teens, earning the city an 87 percent compliance rate.

The results are similar to a sting the agencies performed in October, when teen decoys targeted 30 businesses.

In that test, three businesses sold to minors, giving the city a 90 percent compliance rate.

The statewide average is 80 percent.

Tigard’s compliance rate has varied wildly over the past several years.

In city’s compliance rate peaked in 2010 with a rate of 97 percent. In 2009, the city’s score was a dismal 30 percent.

Tigard Police spokesman Jim Wolf said that the department has partnered with local groups to help educate and support young people to promote healthy and substance-free lifestyles to combat underage and binge drinking.

“Partnerships with the Washington County Commission on Children and Families, as well as local efforts such as Tigard Turns the Tide, are both great examples of the positive steps being taken to direct our youth towards healthy and productive lives,” Wolf said.

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