LOWELL, MA (March 14, 2012) – The Lowell Police Department is announcing that it will conduct minimum age purchase law compliance checks of the city’s liquor establishments throughout the year (2012). The compliance checks will be aimed at retailers of alcoholic beverages, bars, and restaurants. The compliance checks will focus on, but will not be limited to, inspection of license, sales to minors and over-serving by restaurants and bars.
Lowell Police Deputy Superintendent Arthur Ryan Jr. stated, “The Lowell Police Department uses compliance checks to ensure that the City’s licensed establishments remain vigilant in their responsibilities. We are pleased that most operate in a safe and responsible manner. Those that do not are identified through this program and corrective action is taken. The primary goal in this and other enforcement measures are to ensure that our young people are safe; we at the Lowell Police Department will endeavor to use every opportunity to achieve that goal.”
Violations are most often brought to a hearing before the city’s License Commission, but in some circumstances, violators could additionally be charged criminally and face prosecution by the District Attorney’s Office in criminal court.
Additional note: The LPD received $15,000 from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Division to conduct compliance checks, Cops in Shops operations and party patrols throughout the spring and summer.