Springfield police to begin alcohol compliance checks at local bars, restaurants

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –     Springfield police are going to be keeping a close eye on businesses that serve alcohol in 2019. 

It’s January 1, the day after one of the biggest drinking nights of the year, and the Springfield Police Department is trying to curb underage drinking in the city. 

To do so, the department’s Strategic Impact Unit will be sending police cadets into establishments to order alcohol, without showing an ID. Any restaurant, liquor store or bar caught selling alcohol to minors, could face serious consequences.      

Springfield Police Spokesman Ryan Walsh told 22News that multiple businesses were written up back in November. Walsh said those businesses will be going in front of the state’s liquor commission.

Consequences range from re-training their staff, to losing their liquor licenses altogether.

Police will start these random compliance checks New Year’s Day, and they will continue throughout the year. 

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