Sobering results from sting
A police sting targeting the sale of alcohol to underage drinkers resulted in four sales from 18 outlets - two from the same store.
The controlled purchase operation on Friday August 25 was held in conjunction with Rotorua Lakes Council liquor licensing inspector and a technical officer from Taoi Te Ora - Public Health.
The operation saw underage volunteers, aged 17 years old, visit licensed premises including supermarkets, liquor stores and superettes.
Rotorua Police alcohol harm reduction officer Sergeant Pauline Jones said the results were extremely disappointing.
‘‘No one under the age of 18 should be able to purchase alcohol and we expect the three premises who did sell alcohol to our volunteers to have better systems in place to prevent this occurring in the future,’’ Jones said.
‘‘As part of the process to obtain a license to sell alcohol, applicants receive training and are interviewed to ensure that they have a clear understanding of the [Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012] Act.
‘‘There is an assurance that there are appropriate systems and procedures in place to prevent the sale of alcohol to underage people. Clearly this is not the case for these premises that sold alcohol to the volunteers.’’
Jones said the operation was to monitor compliance with the Act.