Law enforcement officials in the east are teaming up to crack down on underage drinking.
Monday and Tuesday law enforcement officers from more than a dozen departments in the east took part in the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program at the Morehead City Police Department. Undercover officers and underage volunteers did compliance checks at stores that sell alcoholic beverages. Officials say the underage volunteers are trained to be honest about their age if asked, show legal ID, and to walk out of the store without the alcohol if the cashier is willing to sell to them. Tuesday only one store clerk agreed to sell alcohol to an underage buyer.
No alcohol was sold and no charges were filed. These compliance checks were strictly audit based and meant to educate the community and train officers.
"It's been a tremendous asset to a number of communities across the country. Once they've implemented several of the strategies that we've been teaching the officers they've seen a dramatic decline in the availability of alcohol for their youth and they've seen a tremendous support for the efforts that they're doing,"said Agent Nancy McGee with the Missouri Department of Public Safety.