Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, December 01, 2006

Alcohol Server Training

Alcohol Server Training

Boise, Dec. 1, 2006 - Boise Police, in partnership with the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections and many local businesses and organizations, will participate in a new and unique training designed to decrease underage drinking and over-service of alcohol at local bars, restaurants and clubs.

   Who:        Bartenders, servers, managers & security staff

    What:      Training on the responsible service of alcohol.

    Where:    Funny Bone Comedy Club

                    405 S. 8th, BoDo

    When:     Sunday, December 4th, 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

                    Monday, December 5th, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Why:      To decrease underage drinking and over-service of alcohol

    Contacts on site: Jennifer Heidt, 850-9005 or Officer Jermaine Galloway, Boise Police Dept.

The training will be provided free of charge to participants.

    Local comedians who are certified as trainers will help facilitate, ensuring a fun and entertaining experience for participants while they learn best practices for alcohol service.

This event is part of a pilot project to develop efficient and effective training for servers that will benefit the community and demonstrate the advantages of hiring trained servers.

The event is sponsored by the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections, the Idaho Beer and Wine Distributors Association, Food Services of America, Idaho Restaurant and Lodging Association, and The Funny Bone Comedy Club. Other project partners include the Mayor's Downtown Safety Task Force, City of Boise, Downtown Boise Association, Boise Police Department, and the Treasure Valley Alcohol Drug Coalition.

"This project is a prime example of collaboration between the business community, government and community-based organizations. Solving the issue of underage drinking requires involvement from everyone in a community”, says Nancy Lopez, the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Coordinator for Idaho.

"Restaurants and bars see server training as an opportunity to protect the industry, while building safe communities for Idaho's youth," says Boise Alcohol Server Training Program Manager, Jennifer Heidt. "Properly trained servers can significantly decrease the risks and liability associated with alcohol service. It is good business practice, and this free event is a good opportunity for us to highlight the businesses taking this proactive approach,"

This server training at the Funny Bone Comedy Club and the pilot project are part of a strategic plan developed through a grant program to enforce underage drinking laws. The Idaho Prevention Partnership is a task force that coordinates activities to develop and implement the strategic plan. The Partnership includes state and local government agencies, community-based organizations, and business representatives.

The Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws program, funded by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, was developed to help all 50 states and the District of Columbia enforce state alcohol laws and prevent the purchase and consumption of alcohol by minors. The Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections (IDJC) is the agency designated by the Governor to administer Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws funds. The mission of IDJC is to prevent and reduce juvenile crime in partnership with communities.