The Wrentham Police Department is continuing its effort to prevent alcohol from getting into the hands of those under age twenty-one. The Wrentham Police Department will be focused on preventing underage drinking by not only preventing those under age twenty-one from purchasing alcohol but also from preventing those of age from purchasing alcohol for minors.
During past compliance checks, an underage operative supervised by a police officer, enters an establishment and attempts to purchase alcohol without any identification. The Wrentham Police Department will be challenging these establishments to ensure they are correctly reading their customer’s identification. This procedure will allow the underage operative to present their valid Massachusetts Identification, which clearly identifies them as being under age twenty-one.
The goal is not to trick the merchants, but to make sure they are being responsible sellers of alcohol. The Wrentham Police Department wants to make sure each merchant is asking for proper identification, checking the identification, and is able to correctly calculate the customer’s date of birth from the presented identification.
Each licensed liquor establishment will be served notice of our intent to conduct compliance checks. In this letter, the establishments are reminded of the acceptable forms of identification and their responsibility to scrutinize the identification to ensure that it is authentic and is the person presenting the ID. The letter also reminds them that one minor mistake could lead to tragedy. By challenging these establishments and reminding them of their responsibilities, the Police Department is hoping that all the liquor sellers and pourers are doing their job correctly and that there is one hundred percent compliance.
Any establishment that is caught selling alcohol to a minor will be brought before the Board of Selectman for a liquor law violation and will face disciplinary action.