The North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, a branch of the State Bureau of Investigation, will hold a Be A Responsible Seller, or BARS, training event for local Alcoholic Beverage Control-licensed businesses later this month. The event will be hosted by the Chapel Hill Police Department.
And earlier this year, the town began working with the University to discuss the ways in which students’ high-risk drinking poses problems for downtown businesses.
The program is free for ABC-licensed businesses. Law enforcement officers will educate bar staff on alcohol regulations. The Chapel Hill class typically focuses on dealing with fake identifications, selling to already intoxicated customers, general laws and regulations and the sale of alcohol to underage bargoers.
This month’s class will focus on detecting fraudulent identification cards, said Jeff Lasater, Orange County’s special agent from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
“In Chapel Hill, the ALE agent would speak about the different types of fictitious identification because it is a college town and historically been a location where ALE agents have seized a substantial number of fake IDs,” he said.
Jacob Klein, a barback at Goodfellows who will attend this month’s session, said underage drinking is a persistent problem in the Chapel Hill area.
He said the course is a push to improve bars’ compliance with the law.
“It shows we are taking this seriously,” Klein said. “That’s all the town wants to do, cut back on underage drinking.”