New Canaan police officers working with underage volunteers conducted alcohol compliance checks in New Canaan Friday, July 8, to identify stores that would make unlawful sales of alcohol to minors.

Of the seven stores tested, none of them sold alcohol to the volunteer minor. There was 100 percent compliance from all seven establishments. The results of the compliance checks will be reported to the Department of Consumer Protection's Liquor Control Division

Compliance checks are undercover local enforcement operations designed to identify businesses that sell alcoholic beverages to minors. Following strict protocol, the goal is not to trick or entice establishments into selling to minors, but rather to bring businesses into compliance with state law.

Police officers and trained youth volunteers work together on each compliance check. In a typical check, an underage volunteer enters a store and tries to buy alcohol. If asked for proof of age, the youth volunteer will provide his or her true age and valid Connecticut driver's license or will tell the store employee they do not have their identification with them. If a sale is made, the business fails the test.

Volunteers involved in the undercover operations are typically between 16 and 19 years old.

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