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Tigard Police and OLCC conduct compliance checks in Tigard

One in seven businesses sold alcohol to a minor in a recent sting by the Oregon Liquor Control Comission and Tigard Police.

According to Tigard Police, officers from the OLCC visited seven businesses on March 30 with a 19-year-old man.

The man attempted to purchase alcohol at the businesses, and if asked, would show his valid Oregon driver’s license.

Oregon law sets strict rulesfor the OLCC regarding minor decoy operations at businesses selling alcohol, said Jim Wolf, a spokesman with Tigard Police.

“Throughout the year, checks are conducted unannounced at randomly selected businesses to ascertain compliance regarding the sale of alcohol to minors,” Wolf said. “Compliance checks may also be initiated based upon complaints lodged with the OLCC or local law enforcement.”

The city’s 86 percent compliance rate is better than the statewide average of 81 percent, Wolf said.

The city has had mixed results with OLCC checks in the past. In 2010, the city scored a 97 percent compliance rate. A year earlier, the city scored a 30 percent compliance rate.

One way police are working to combat the problem of underage drinking, Wolf said, is to partner with coalitions that help educate and support our community’s youth in efforts to promote healthy and substance-free lifestyles, such as Tigard Turns the Tide.

“In addition,” Wolf said. “Tigard Police plan on continued enforcement and additional compliance checks to reaffirm the importance to affected businesses that the sale of alcohol to minors will not be tolerated.”