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Police offer training on spotting minors

Effort aimed at reducing illegal tobacco and alcohol sales



POLK COUNTY -- Merchants who sell tobacco and alcohol are invited to a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 15, at the Cynthian Cafe in Dallas.

The lunch and award ceremony is hosted by Polk County's Multi-juridictional Insurgency Community Oriented Policing (MICOP) team.

MICOP includes members from the Dallas, Monmouth and Independence police departments as well as the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

The event includes:

♦ An overview on MICOP's efforts to check merchants using underage volunteers.

♦ Training on how to properly request and verify identification.

♦ Training on laws regarding the sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors.

An award will be given for the Retailer of the Year.

The event is funded by a grant from Dallas Together and Monmouth-Independence Together. The grant also pays for officer's time to conduct compliance checks.

More information on the event is available by calling 503-838-1214.

Underage volunteers visited 31 businesses in Polk County June 18 and tried to buy tobacco or alcohol. Four clerks sold sold tobacco and alcohol to the minors.

The violators included:

♦ Boondocks Tavern in Falls City (alcohol and tobacco).

♦ A & N Hometown Grocery in Falls City (alcohol).

♦ El Nopal in Independence (alcohol).

♦ Fort Hill Texaco in Grand Ronde (alcohol and tobacco).

Businesses who asked for identification and refused to serve the minors included:

DALLAS

♦ WalMart (tobacco).

♦ Safeway (alcohol and tobacco).

♦ Rite Aid (tobacco).

♦ Thrifty Market (alcohol).

♦ Jackpot Market (alcohol and tobacco).

♦ Center Market (alcohol).

♦ Shell Gas (alcohol).

♦ Fairview Market (alcohol).

♦ Dallas Fuel and Food (alcohol).

♦ Dallas Select (alcohol).

INDEPENDENCE

♦ AG Market (alcohol).

♦ Circle K (alcohol).

♦ Roth's IGA (alcohol).

♦ Kwik Stop Market (alcohol).

♦ Independence Liquor (alcohol).

♦ Waremart Foods (alcohol).

♦ 76 gas station (alcohol).

MONMOUTH

♦ BiMart (alcohol).

♦ Shell Gas (alcohol).

♦ Monmouth Market (alcohol).

COUNTY

♦ Rickreall Store (alcohol and tobacco).

♦ Tuckers Market (alcohol and tobacco).

♦ Ernie's Food Mart (alcohol and tobacco).

♦ Grand Ronde Store (alcohol and tobacco).

♦ Seaway Market (alcohol and tobacco).

♦ Grand Ronde Station (alcohol).

♦ Salt Creek Store (alcohol).



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