EPD announces city businesses pass alcohol sales compliance checks

Published 6:43 pm Friday, August 4, 2017

The Elizabethton Police Department announced that all city businesses which are licensed to sell alcohol recently passed regulatory compliance checks.

On July 27, the Elizabethton Police Department conducted the compliance checks at local businesses. An undercover operative, who was under the age of 21 but over the age of 18 was used during the investigation as a customer attempting to make purchases of alcohol, EPD Capt. Joy Shoun said.

“This operation was completed to verify that businesses and their employees are operating in compliance with state laws regarding the sale of alcohol,” Shoun said.

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During this investigation, Shoun said the operative attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages at all of the businesses within the City of Elizabethton who are permitted to sell alcoholic beverages.

“We are pleased to say that all business employees responded accordingly and there were no violations cited,” Shoun said. “As an agency, we feel this operation was a great success. We believe that these checks are good opportunities to identify any policy or training deficiencies, and reinforce existing practices that prove to be successful in deterring the sale of alcohol to minors.”

“Each business was notified of the checks which had taken place, and they were asked to share the information with employees to encourage them to keep up the good work,” Shoun added. “As always, we rely on the continued support and cooperation of local citizens and businesses to better serve the great members of this community.”