Verification of alcohol compliance with TCSO
TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to prevent underage access to alcohol.
We accompanied two sheriff’s deputies and a volunteer as they stopped at businesses in Tulsa County, checking whether those establishments complied with Oklahoma law.
“We try to make sure that establishments that sell alcohol, whether it’s a restaurant, bar or liquor store, comply with state law. Oklahoma, the legal drinking age being 21,” says Sgt. Lamont Hill.
“A young lady came into our records and was tired of buying booze. Our cashier was under 18 so he couldn’t sell it, so we called me and I was just checking her ID and she didn’t turn 21 until 2023, so obviously I couldn’t sell the booze to him,” says store clerk Katherine Randell.
The Sheriff’s Office conducts alcohol compliance checks in Tulsa County after receiving a grant from the “2 Much 2 Lose” program.
The grant money pays for extra shifts for MPs.
“We have a deputy in uniform and a deputy in civilian clothes like me, and we have underage volunteers, someone under 21 and we take them to a facility and they try to consume alcohol using their real ID and it’s up to the clerk or server or bartender to verify said ID,” says Sgt. Lamont Hill.
If the establishment sells to the underage volunteer, the server or store clerk will receive a citation, as well as the establishment.
If they don’t sell, they will get a certificate from the sheriff’s officer, showing that they are in compliance with Oklahoma law, and that they passed the test.
“I made it, I’ve been in the business for a really long time so some of these are easy to get but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Check those IDs,” says liquor store employee Jacob Roelofsen.
“Even if they look over 21, we have to scan your ID regardless of your age. If you’re a regular, it doesn’t matter, a piece of ID identity every time, and we scan it every time,” says Kum & Go employee Corrine Buchanan.
As we were driving, the majority of businesses were not selling alcohol to the underage volunteer, but one business received a warning.
sergeant. Lamont Hill says this program is not aimed at local businesses, but at the education and safety of young people.
“We try to break the cycle and prevent them from becoming addicted to alcohol at a young age or at any age.”
The campaign runs until June. The sheriff’s office hopes to secure more funding and continue the program after June.
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