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Date: June 11, 2014
Contact: Doug Washburn, Director
Kitsap County Department of Human Services
360.337.4526 or
No: 2014-067

Compliance Checks Reduce Retail Sales of Alcohol and Tobacco to Minors

(Port Orchard, WA) – The Bremerton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, a Kitsap County partnership with Bremerton Police Department and the Washington State Liquor Control Board, conducted retailer compliance checks within the City of Bremerton on June 6. Investigative aides from Emmanuel Apostolic Church and members of the Living Life Leadership youth program assisted officers.

Investigative aides must either present their true identification or none at all if asked by a clerk. Twenty-two alcohol retailer compliance checks were performed and 19 retailers refused to sell to the minors.

Nine tobacco retailer compliance checks were performed and all of the retailers refused to sell to the minors. Compliance checks are proven tools to reduce the sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors. The Liquor Control Board and local authorities regularly conduct compliance checks of area businesses licensed to sell these products. The businesses include restaurants, grocery stores, liquor stores, neighborhood markets, taverns, wine bars and sports/entertainment facilities. Liquor enforcement officers have the authority to issue Administrative Violation Notices to businesses that fail compliance checks. Fines or temporary license suspensions can be issued depending on the severity of the infraction or the frequency with which a business has been cited.

For more information about the Bremerton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and other Kitsap County substance abuse prevention efforts, please visit the web site at: or contact Laura Hyde, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, at 360.337.4878, .

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Last Updated:  June 11, 2014