By PETER KASPARI
Over the past three weeks, officers with the Fort Dodge Police Department have been conducted investigations to see if any Fort Dodge businesses were selling alcohol to people under 21 years old.
As a result of the investigation, the FDPD discovered employees at several businesses sold alcohol to people under 21, according to Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody.
Officers used underage people to determine if the businesses would sell alcohol to them.
The purpose of this, according to Carmody, was to check if "local bars and stores were operating in compliance with state and local laws that pertain to serving of alcoholic beverages."
Of the 39 locations that were checked, 13 allegedly had employees that served alcohol to people under 21 years old.
According to Carmody, those bars and stores were Ampride All Around, Billiards and Spirits, Cricket's Lounge, Dale's Corner Store, Hy-Vee, Highway 20 Liquor, two Kum & Go locations, the Laramar, the Los Angeles Store, Olde Boston's, Shades of Blue and Willy Mo's.
"As a community, we understand the impact underage drinking can have on our youth and our community," Carmody said. "This proactive project was intended to make sure our liquor establishments were following state guidelines."
Carmody said investigators appreciated the work done by the other businesses in making sure underage people weren't served.
"We hope that the locations that didn't comply will work with us to make sure that the violations are one-time occurrences," he said.
He added the results of the investigation will be sent to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division, which will do a review of administrative sanctions.
Carmody said the FDPD will continue to conduct compliance checks in the future.