The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

September 30, 2013

Alcohol stings

(Continued)

The sting, called an "alcohol compliance check" by law enforcement, was executed with assistance from the Indian Hills Community College Criminal Justice Program.

The local coalition against alcohol abuse has recommended different types of "compliance checks" the police have tried, including having "drinkers" ask a stranger in the parking lot of a retailer if they'll purchase alcohol for the underage person. The last time they did that, none of the people in Jefferson County were willing to violate the law.

But the last time they sent their undercover, underage assistants into stores, the success rate was only 50 percent of stores doing the appropriate checks. So the check done this past weekend, Harvey said, is a change in the right direction.

— To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, go to @couriermark

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