Northampton Police conducting underage alcohol compliance checks

Checks to happen over next 30 days

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Northampton Police Department is paying closer attention to who is buying and selling alcohol these next 30 days.

Police officers will be conducting alcohol compliance checks at every business in the city that has a liquor license. They’ll be looking for anyone serving alcohol to minors, minors who are drinking underage, and businesses accepting fake IDs.

Northampton Police Captain John Cartledge told 22News why the department is giving a heads-up to establishments, rather than check them secretly; “At times, we do use some plain-clothed officers on our own and do some undercover stuff related to liquor establishments, but in this case, we give notice,”

Courtney Gilligan of Northampton said, “A lot of younger people can look older, and I can see where it gets a little tricky for bartenders. So it’s kind of good just to be checked up on and make sure they are on their game.”

Northampton Police are working with several organizations, including the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, to make these checks. Captain Cartledge said that any business who receives a violation will have a hearing scheduled with the liquor license commission to see if and how they will be fined.

These checks happen twice a year. The next time officers will be doing compliance checks is in the summer.