as the “buyer” trying to get his hands on drink.
We watched as he attempted to get booze from the shops under the supervision of a plainclothes officer.
And at one of the shops targeted, staff handed over the booze - four bottles of cider without asking for ID.
The shop, which can’t be named for legal reasons, could now face losing its licence to sell alcohol.
A report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.
PC Chris Griffiths, who worked alongside PCs Michael McKay and Craig Grant, said: “If the shops lose their licence they are going to be in trouble.
“It affects a large chunk of their business.
“The positive thing that can be taken from this as when a shop is caught, they will never do it again and they will be even more vigilant.
“That is an outcome we can hope for. When they break the law it is their livelihood. But to keep their livelihood going they need to keep within the law.”
While the tests are put in place to ensure licence holders are following the law, officers also 161216POLICE_PATROL_ALCOHOL_001 monitor young people in the town who try other ways to get drink.
During the operation, a call came over the radio asking for officers to attend at a shop in Renton as a group of teenagers were asking people to purchase alcohol for them.
This issue is something that is too familiar with PC Griffiths.
He said: “We attend these locations in the area with the intent to disrupt these young people who are hanging around with the intent of asking people to buy alcohol for them.” Officers took to the streets during the busiest weekends of the year to make sure people across Dumbarton and Alexandria were enjoying the festive season safely.
During Christmas and New Year, officers ramp up the patrols in some of the areas busiest nightspots.
According to police officers in Dumbarton, there is a spike in crime at this time of year in the pubs and clubs in the area.
With alcohol flowing in all of these locations, the main aim for officers on‘anti-social patrols’is to prevent people getting into trouble.
The latest‘anti-social operation’which was carried out last weekend had a positive outcome for officers.
PC Chris Griffiths said:“It was a peaceful night and that was due to the public acting responsibly.
“The presence of police officers always encourages people not to cause trouble. It’s all about safety. The festive period sees a spike in people over indulging in alcohol.
“Unfortunately this can escalate to other things so we have a number of police officers who will go out on anti-social patrols.
“We want to keep people safe and we do that by going out on patrol.We challenge and make sure that people can see us and take it into consideration that they need to be acting responsibly.
“The whole festive campaign is all about safety.We don’t want people assaulted and we don’t want people committing crimes so this is all about prevention.’’
If they lose their licence they’re going to be in trouble
Police crackdown Lennox Herald reporter Carla Talbot speaking with PC Chris Griffiths