Police and State Liquor Authority Conduct Checks of Licensed PremisesJun 20th, 2013 | By HV Insider | Category: Featured Articles
On Friday June 14th the Middletown Police Department in conjunction with the New York State Liquor Authority conducted an enforcement operation for the illegal sale of alcohol to minors.
Authorities visited approximately 24 establishments which hold on-site liquor licenses, only three of the visited establishments sold an alcoholic beverage to the underage undercover agent. This is an indication that continued enforcement efforts have had a positive effect.
Those who sold alcohol to minors were charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the First Degree, a class “A” Misdemeanor and Prohibited Sale of an Alcoholic Beverage, an unclassified Misdemeanor. Holders of the liquor license are subject to substantial fines imposed by the State Liquor Authority.
These enforcement efforts are made possible by funds received through the Middletown Cares Coalition, supported by a STOP Act grant from the Federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. The Middletown Cares Coalition was formed to reduce alcohol and drug abuse among youth.
The City of Middletown Police is appreciative of the increased diligence shown by store employees when checking the identification of purchasers of alcohol. These enforcement efforts will continue to be a part of the City of Middletown Police Department’s proactive measures to prevent alcohol abuse among our youth. Underage drinking is an area of concern in this community and we will continue to work towards 100 % compliance.