In an effort to cut down on the sale of alcohol to intoxicated customers and minors, police from the Rampart area have been meeting with liquor store and market owners and employees.
"We know you make your money from liquor sales, but it's a matter of doing what's good for the community," Lt. Jerry C. Szymanski of the Rampart Division vice unit told about 20 people at a recent meeting organized by Ken Lee, owner of Big 6 Market at 6th Street and Rampart Boulevard.
In the Rampart area, 560 businesses have licenses to sell alcoholic beverages, Szymanski said. Illegal sales and use of alcohol contribute to public drunkenness, assaults and accidents, he said.
It is illegal to sell alcohol to the intoxicated. Bartenders often have hours in which to observe customers, but liquor store and market employees usually have only a few seconds to assess sobriety, Szymanski said. Employees need to take the time to determine whether customers show symptoms of intoxication, he said.