The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office along with Colorado State Liquor Enforcement conducted liquor compliance checks on August 23, 2012. Of the thirty two businesses checked, twenty seven passed and five failed.
The five businesses that failed were: Rubio’s at 3620 Highlands Ranch Pkwy, Pei Wei at 9352 S. Colorado Blvd, Nicolo’s Pizza at 9463 S. University Blvd, The Rail Sports Pub at 11800 E. Oswego St, and Diamond Shamrock at 34 Centennial Blvd.
The SIU detectives used an underage volunteer to go into businesses and restaurants to attempt to purchase alcohol. This is part of a grant program that requires these checks to be conducted. The purpose is to ensure businesses and their employees are compliant and follow their training in checking identifications of those that attempt to buy alcohol. The trained volunteers use their own underage identification cards and must present them when asked; they are not fake or altered ID’s. It clearly states on the identification that they are “Under 21”. If the underage volunteer is asked their age, they must tell the truth. This technique allows the server to recognize the customer is not old enough to purchase alcohol and the server needs to follow basic steps such as; confiscate the identification and turn it over to law enforcement.
Those that allowed the sale were issued a citation, and the business owner will be given a ‘show cause’ notice to appear in front of the Douglas County Liquor Licensing Authority. The County Commissioners will send a congratulatory letter to the businesses that passed.
SIU detectives are pleased with the high percentage of successes and have seen an increase in businesses doing the right thing; checking ID’s and not serving those that are underage.