Alcohol safe and sound
An alcohol sales age limit sting on 28 Porirua off-licences and bars has police smiling. Senior Sergeant Steve Sargent says he is extremely pleased no premises visited in the Controlled Purchase Operation on August 19 were willing to sell alcohol to a minor. ‘‘Our 17-year-old male volunteer visited nine on-licences, one sports club and 18 off-licences – including supermarkets, bottle stores and superettes – and all complied with the Sales of Liquor Act, declining all purchases.’’ Mr Sargent says a lot of work has gone into staff education on alcohol purchasing laws in the past few months. ‘‘Those who work in premises where alcohol is being sold have a duty to protect people from the harm caused by alcohol in our communities, particularly young people. Police look forward to seeing these great results continue over the coming weeks and months.’’ Police, Regional Public Health and the District Licensing Agency all took part in the operation.