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Drug, alcohol prevention center to host training for businesses selling liquor





There will be two Responsible Beverage Service and Sales training sessions for liquor licensees Nov. 19 at Smoky Hill Foundation for Chemical Dependency, 2714 Plaza Ave.

The two meetings, from 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m., are a refresher about complying with standards regarding alcohol sales, and they will provide tips for verifying IDs. Drinking establishments such as restaurants, bars and clubs can attend the free sessions, and grocery and convenience stores are also invited.

"It's just an opportunity to kind of review the fines ... the employee would get if they do make an illegal sale, review the fines the licensee actually gets if an employee makes an illegal sale, and review some ID checking practices," said Jodi Sproul, executive director of the Regional Prevention Center of Northwest Kansas.

The classes also are a preview of an upcoming project to reduce fake ID use.

After securing funding from the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office, the Regional Prevention Center of Northwest Kansas will host the FakeID project from January to June, she said.

The initiative will include a media campaign encouraging vigilance against fake IDs, and law enforcement partners will increase compliance checks in establishments, she said.

The nonprofit hopes to host another RBSS session during the project, she said.

Brian Dawson, assistant police chief with the Hays Police Department, said the department supports the crackdown on fake ID use.

"There are criminal charges that can come from that. ... You can look at being arrested and charged for either producing or distributing those," Dawson said.

Those who wish to attend a session must register before Monday by calling Sproul at (785) 625-5521.