The alcohol compliance check took place on Dec. 27, 2017, targeting businesses that either sell or serve alcohol.

Only one out of 12 businesses visited by Tigard police officers and a Oregon Liquor Control Commission official failed to pass an OLCC check to determine who would serve or sell alcohol to minors. The check occurred on Dec. 27.

This grant-funded program consisted of a team of two Tigard Police officers and an OLCC inspector accompanying an 18-year-old volunteer decoy.

During the recent compliance check, the group visited pre-selected establishments in Tigard, which either sell or serve alcohol.

Oregon Revised Statutes set strict guidelines for the OLCC regarding minor decoy operations at businesses selling alcohol, according to Tigard police.

Throughout the year, checks are conducted unannounced at randomly selected businesses to ascertain compliance regarding the sale of alcohol to minors. Compliance checks may also be initiated based upon complaints lodged with the OLCC or local law enforcement.  This recent alcohol sales check in Tigard resulted in a 91-percent compliance, which surpasses the most recent statewide average.

Historically, compliance rates in Tigard peaked as high as 100 percent (2016) and drew dismal compliance figures as low as 30 percent (2009).  One way police are working to combat the problem of underage drinking 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.

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In addition, Tigard Police plan on continue enforcement and additional compliance checks to reaffirm the importance to affected businesses that the sale of alcohol to minors will not be tolerated, according to a police spokesman.

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