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As we enter a new year, the Fresno County Sheriff - Coroner’s Office will be doing its part to ensure safety for everyone in our community.

Members of the Fresno County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office Special Investigations Task Force (SITF) is partnering with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to conduct undercover operations at bars, restaurants and liquor stores throughout the County of Fresno to help prevent minors from obtaining alcoholic beverages.

Recent operations in Sanger and Reedley resulted in two businesses and one person being cited for furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor.  Businesses are reminded to have policies in place to ID their customers to verify they are of legal drinking age.  Additionally, businesses should have their staff participate in an ABC Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) Program.  This free training program, available through ABC, teaches employees about serving alcoholic beverages safely, responsibly and legally.

Individuals and businesses caught providing alcoholic beverages to minors face serious consequences.  The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.  Businesses will also have an administrative hearing with ABC, which could result in fines or suspension of their ABC license.  The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office will also be involved and could file a civil case against the licensee for unfair business practices.  The best way to protect yourself and your business is to be consistent with ID checks of your customers.  In addition, businesses can do their part to help make sure 2019 remains a safe time for celebration by reminding their patrons to designate a sober driver or find alternative ways to get home safely.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) through the department’s Alcohol Policing Partnership Program (APPP).  ABC is a special fund agency.  Its budget and this program are funded entirely by license fees from the alcoholic beverage industry.

 

Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137
(559) 977-0379
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