The has received a grant to begin alcohol compliance testing this fall at establishments that are licensed to sell alcohol, according to a news release from the city.
For alcohol compliance checks, police work with a person younger than 21 who is sent into a bar, restaurant, liquor store or other establishment licensed to sell or serve, and the underage person tries to make a purchase.
The establishment passes the check if the employee asks for identification and refuses the sale.
If the sale is completed, the establishment fails, and the seller will be referred to the city attorney's office for criminal prosecution, the news release says; servers who sell to someone underage can be charged with a gross misdemeanor.
The owner of the alcohol license for the establishment will face civil prosecution.
Penalties for selling to a minor can include fines—a typical fine for first violation is $500—license suspensions or license revocation, the release says.
Police will do a first round of checks this fall, and do another round in 2013, the release says.